Call for Papers
Financial Economics of Insurance
April 10-11, 2020

The risk profile of the insurance sector changed during the last two decades as a result of product innovation and new capital and risk management tools. In addition, recent advances in information technology, in particular the rise of digital platforms for insurance transactions and insurance application evaluation, are having profound effects on a range of insurance markets. To explore the implications of these developments, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) will convene a research conference on the Financial Economics of Insurance on April 10-11, 2020 in Chicago, IL. The meeting will be hosted by the NBER’s Insurance Working Group and Corporate Finance Program in collaboration with the Review of Financial Studies (RFS). The conference will be organized by NBER Research Associates Ben Handel (University of California – Berkeley), Ralph Koijen (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), and Motohiro Yogo (Princeton University).

The NBER invites the submission of research papers that bear on all aspects of the financing of insurance, including life, property and casualty, and other insurance markets. Topics that will be included in the meeting include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial intermediation by insurance companies: Empirical and theoretical analysis of how financial and regulatory frictions affecting insurance companies impact financial stability, asset allocation, hedging decisions, reinsurance decisions, the functioning of internal capital markets, and product design.

  • Asset pricing: The feedback between insurance companies’ portfolio decisions and financial markets.

  • Household finance: The decision making of households in insurance markets both in selecting contracts and exercising the contracts’ options, as well as insurance choices as part of households’ broader savings and portfolio choice problems.

  • Innovation in insurance markets: The analysis of emerging risks, such as cyber-security risk and climate risk, and new technologies for risk assessment and product delivery (InsurTech).

Researchers who wish to submit papers for consideration must upload them no later than midnight EST on February 2, 2020, at the following website: Papers from researchers with and without NBER affiliations are welcome, as are papers from early career scholars and from researchers who are members of groups that are historically under-represented in financial economics. Because the conference will showcase work from a range of perspectives, please feel free to forward this call for papers to colleagues who may also have interesting work to present.

Papers that are submitted for presentation at the conference may also be submitted to the Review of Financial Studies under its dual submission program at no extra cost. Papers rejected at any stage of the dual review process are not considered to have been “rejected” at the RFS, which means that the authors may submit a future version of the paper to the journal even if the paper is not accepted in connection with the conference. For a paper to be considered under the dual submission option, it may not be under review at or under invited revision from any journal, including the RFS, until the author has been notified of the outcome of the dual submission process. The details of the dual submission program may be found at

NBER will cover the hotel and travel cost for one author per selected paper; all co-authors are welcome to attend the meeting. Please direct questions about conference logistics and submissions to Carl Beck in the NBER Conference Department (, and other questions about the conference to Motohiro Yogo (
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