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CFPB Research Conference

Our fourth conference on December 12–13, 2019, will feature research from a range of disciplines and approaches that inform the topic of consumer finance. 

2019 CFPB Research Conference

On December 12–13, 2019, the CFPB will host its fourth research conference on consumer finance. The goal of the conference is to connect the core community of researchers and policymakers with the best research being conducted across a wide range of disciplines and approaches that can inform the topic of consumer finance. 

Call for papers

We are now accepting research submissions for the fourth annual CFPB Research Conference on consumer finance. We encourage the submission of a wide variety of research.

This includes, but is not limited to, work on: 

  • The ways consumers and households make decisions about borrowing, saving, and financial risk-taking
  • How various forms of credit (mortgage, student loans, credit cards, installment loans, etc.) affect household well-being
  • How salience of product fees and terms affect saving and borrowing
  • The structure and functioning of consumer financial markets
  • Distinct and underserved populations
  • Relevant innovations in modeling or data, including the use of alternative data

Submit your paper

All submissions must be received by Tuesday, September 3, 2019.




2018 CFPB Research Conference

On May 3–4, 2018, we hosted our third research conference on consumer finance at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The goal of the conference was to highlight research on the topic of consumer finance that can inform researchers and policymakers. The conference focused on high-quality consumer finance research, with academic and government researchers presenting their research papers.

Explore the 2018 conference archive

2016 CFPB Research Conference

On Dec. 15–16, 2016, we hosted our second research conference in Washington, D.C. The goal of the conference was to connect the core community of researchers and policymakers with the best research being conducted across a wide range of disciplines and approaches that can inform the topic of consumer finance.

Explore the 2016 conference archive

2015 CFPB Research Conference

On May 7–8, 2015, we hosted our first research conference at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. The goal of the conference was to highlight research on the topic of consumer finance that can inform researchers and policymakers on the topic of consumer finance.

Explore the 2015 conference archive