Calls for Papers
Zvi Bodie, Andrew W. Lo, and Robert C. Merton, Organizers
Fiscal pressures on government pensions for the elderly, the decline in long-term real interest rates, and volatility in financial markets over the last decade have raised new challenges for the provision of retirement income. Both private and public institutions that support the elderly are currently the subject of active discussion and debate. To explore some of these issues, the National Bureau of Economic Research will host a one-day research conference in Cambridge, MA, on November 1, 2013, on the role of financial markets and financial institutions in provision of retirement income security. The conference is supported by a grant from the TIAA-CREF Institute. In keeping with the NBER's policy of not offering policy recommendations, papers may provide insights on the effects of public policy, but they may not advocate for particular policies or proposals.
The conference will include up to six research paper presentations and it will permit substantial opportunity for discussion and debate among participants. The NBER will cover the travel and lodging expenses for up to two authors per paper, and will provide a modest honorarium for each paper presented.
Completed research papers as well as detailed proposals for papers can be submitted at