The series is currently run by Matteo Benetton (UC Berkeley) and Michaela Pagel (Columbia University), meeting once a month on the second Friday on Zoom. 

Topics discussed include but are not limited to asset allocation and debt behaviour over the life cycle, financing retirement and the demographic transition, consumer indebtedness, financial distress, and default decisions, behavioural approaches to household finance, financial literacy and financial education programs, trust, subjective expectations, pessimism, and financial decisions, international comparisons of household finances using micro-data, financial advice and legal protection of investors and borrowers, financial innovation and household finances, households liquidity and risk management, climate change, sustainability, and household finances.

2023 Fall Series

10th February:

Presenter: Nic Schaub (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management)
Paper: How Does a Ban on Kickbacks Affect Individual Investors?
Co-Author: Simon Straumann (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management)

10th March:
Presenter: Julia Fonseca (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Paper: How Much Do Small Businesses Rely on Personal Credit?
Co-Author: Jialan Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

14th April:
Presenter: Felix Fattinger (WU Vienna)
Paper: Interest Rates, Competition, and Complexity: Demand and Supply of Retail Financial Products
Co-Authors: Marc Chesney (University of Zurich), Nils Jonathan Krakow (University of Zurich) and Simon Straumann (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management)

Further presentations to be announced.