Household Finance was initially established as a CEPR Network in 2015 and expanded into an RPN in 2022. Its purpose is to promote, conduct, shape, and disseminate research in this dynamic field that was initiated about 25 years ago and now attracts the interest of researchers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, whether in academia, central banks, regulatory agencies, fiscal authorities or in the private sector. This field, in which Europe-based researchers have been active since its beginnings in the late 1980s, has benefitted from the increasing complexity of household portfolios, partly because of the demographic transition and financial innovation, as well as from the development of pioneering data sets and the development of computational and experimental methods.
The Household Finance RPN plans various events, the most important being the European Workshop in the spring and the European Conference in the fall as well as a monthly online seminar series on current household finance research, spanning geographical locations, career stages, genders, and backgrounds. Network members are also among the organisers of two Seminar Series, the CAFFE (CEPR Advanced Forum on Financial Economics) and on Micro and Macro Implications of Household Finance.
The objective of these workshops is to host presentations and foster interaction between senior and junior researchers working in the area of household finance. The workshop will include state-of-the-art research on household financial behaviour and on how this is influenced by other choices, government policies, and the overall economic environment.
The objective of this annual conference is to present state-of-the-art empirical and theoretical research on household financial behaviour and on how it is influenced by other choices, government policies, and the overall economic environment.
PhD Student Paper Prize
The network puts great emphasis on the promotion of young researchers and awards a now annual Best PhD Student Paper Prize, which recognizes highly promising young researchers and now includes a number of them among its recipients.
(N.B. CEPR European Conference on Household Finance 2021 was hosted remotely on 6-8 October)
- Household Finance Newsletter #04 (March 2020)
(N.B. The Fifth European Workshop on Household Finance was hosted remotely in three 2-hour sessions on 7-9 May)
- Household Finance Newsletter #03 (February 2019)
(N.B The correct dates for the 2019 CEPR European Conference in Household Finance in Rhodes were 20-21 September)
(N.B. The date for the 2017 Sardinia conference changed from 15-16 September to 6-7 October)
Network conferences and workshops are being supported by numerous institutions.
Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research
Center for Studies in Economics and Finance
Copenhagen Business School
Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)
EDHEC Business School
Imperial College London - Business School
London Business School
National University of Singapore Business School
Swedish House of Finance
CEPR became an academic partner of the Think Forward Initiative (TFI) in 2016, which provided funding to the Household Finance Network and collaborated in organising events until their disbandment in December 2021. TFI supported 60 research projects and reached more than 100 million people in 18 countries around the globe with insights to help them make better financial decisions. Household Finance hosts all research reports produced with the support of TFI. See here all research reports.