FDIC seeking papers for 2024 consumer research symposium

Submissions for the 12th Consumer Research Symposium, slated for March 15, 2024, are due to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) by Oct. 27, the agency said in a reminder notice this week.

The symposium, hosted by the FDIC’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection and to be held in Arlington, Va., is to facilitate discussion of the newest research in consumer finance among academics, financial regulators, and the private sector. The agency said organizers welcome the submission of policy-relevant research from a wide range of academic disciplines, and encourage participation from underrepresented groups. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Access to and use of bank and nonbank financial products and services
  • Emerging financial products and services
  • Financial literacy and capability
  • Consumption, savings, credit, and retirement decisions
  • Housing and mortgage markets
  • Impact of recent regulatory changes on consumers or financial product markets
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumers and communities
  • Community development
  • Small business lending

The FDIC said authors may submit a complete paper or detailed abstract with preliminary results. Expenses for travel, food, and lodging will be reimbursed for presenters, it said.

The last symposium was held in March 2022; the agency’s website provides links to selected draft papers from that event.