Call for Papers, Seminars, & Participation
Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics
Eighth Annual Meeting of the Academy of
Behavioral Finance & Economics
September 21-23, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Venue: Conference Facilities at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Objectives. The Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics offers a dedicated forum for exchange of research findings and professional advancement related to the fast-growing field of behavioral finance and economics. Given the well-recognized reality that "to make a decision, emotion is the necessary trigger (and) without emotion, one would be reduced to the state of an idiot savant who goes on endlessly calculating without the ability to make a choice" (Olsen, 2008), the objective of the annual conference is to encourage and disseminate research and inquiry in the very promising area of Behavioral Finance & Economics.
        Theoretical, Empirical/Experimental, and Applied works that involve the application of psychology and all other social sciences, as well as neuroscience, to all areas of financial decision-making and practice will be considered for presentation at the conference. Such works include, but are not limited to, the followings:
  1. Development of New Financial & Economic Models and Theories for the Post-2008 (Post-Efficient Markets) World;
  2. Contributions to Advance our Understanding and Knowledge of:
    1. Business Decision Making Under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainly;
    2. Firm Entry and Exit Processes;
    3. Investment in and Workings of Financial Markets at all levels of functionality and capital allocation- including both public and private aspects;
    4. Financial Management of Companies- both public and private entities;
    5. Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Venture Capital;
    6. Sustainable Finance and Markets;
    7. Control Fraud, Corporatism, and Market Failures;
    8. Teaching, Learning, and Training- ranging from case development to other pedagogical issues;
  3. Applications- Behavioral Finance in Practice:
    1. Behavioral-Finance-Based Financial Risk Analysis and Application;
    2. Behavioral-Finance-Based Retirement Saving and Planning for Individuals;
    3. Evidence-Based Financial Planning: Generally-Accepted Best Practices;
    4. Technical Analysis;
    5. Nudging Clients/Understanding Clients Behavior;
    6. The Trading and Investing Brain/Neurofinance/Neuroeconomics;
    7. Trust and Role of Trust in Investment Management, Markets, Policy, and Regulation;
    8. Behavioral Value Investing;
    9. Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning for Companies;
    10. Other Business, Economic, and Legal Endeavors Involving Decision Making- including literature review on Decision Processes and related concepts, models, and theories.

The Journal of Behavioral Finance & Economics, JBF&E, with Werner DeBondt as the Editor-in-Chief. Upon request of interested presenters, a few carefully selected and further reviewed papers would be considered for publication in Volume 6 of The Journal of Behavioral Finance & Economics- JBF&E. For submission considerations please see the related deadline at the end of this announcement.

Awards for the Robert A. Olsen Best Doctoral Student Papers in Behavioral Finance & Economics. Upon request at the time of submission, dissertations and/or research papers submitted by doctoral students from across the world will be further reviewed by the Program Committee, and up to three (3) Best Papers will be selected for special recognition at our 2015 ABF&E Annual Meeting. Recognition includes receiving:
  1. Academy's "Award Certificate for the Robert A. Olsen Best Doctoral Student Paper in Behavioral Finance & Economics",
  2. A $500.00 prize check for the First-Ranked Paper, and
  3. Consideration for publishing, upon the winners' written request, the selected papers in The Journal of Behavioral Finance & Economics- JBF&E.

Submission of Papers, Abstracts, and Seminars for Presentation. To submit your completed paper, detailed abstract, or seminar proposal, simply click on the following URL and follow the related instructions. The submission fee is $55.00. To submit, click here:

Submission Deadline is April 29, 2016; Early Submission is Encouraged
Notifications of results will be emailed to all respondents generally in three (3) weeks from the date of submission.

Conference Registration for Non-Presenters/Attendees (Registration for Presenters is detailed un "Terms & Conditions" in below). To register for the full Conference at "Early Bird" rate of $349.00 please click on the following URL and follow the simple instructions: Registration Fee for late registrants will rise to $399.00 after 6/30/2016; so register early to secure your seat and save too. Only half of the paid registration fee is refundable if cancellation is made within one Month after payment as stated in above. Otherwise, no refund will be issued. No refund is also available if cancellation is made within 30 days from the start of the conference.

Special Sessions and Panels/Workshops. Persons interested in organizing a Special Session or Panel/Workshop should submit a letter of interest, along with a short bio using the deadline and instructions above.

Terms and Conditions of Submission Acceptance
If your submission is accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting, you agree to the followings:
  1. The presenting author(s) will be required to present the paper in a professional manner and as assigned.
  2. The presenting author(s) will be required to pre-register for the Conference within two weeks of the paper?s acceptance by paying in the due Conference Registration Fee of $349.00. If the presenting author(s) does not register as stated, the paper will be cancelled without notification and the space will be released to other authors with accepted papers on the Waiting List.
  3. Payment must be made via our secure and fully Online Registration and Payment System. To register and pay the due fees, please click on this URL: Only half of the paid registration fee ($174.50) is refundable if cancellation is made within one Month after the due Payment as stated in above. Otherwise, no refund will be issued. (There is a $50.00 discount for qualified doctoral students if payment made as instructed AND simultaneously status as a doctoral student is verified via email by the student's dissertation advisor.)
  4. Each presenting author whose paper is accepted for presentation will be required to discuss another colleague's paper. Presenting authors will be sent a preliminary version of the program in late-June, and asked to identify papers which they would like to discuss at the Meeting. Requests to discuss specific papers, or to chair specific sessions will be taken via email on a first-come, first-served basis (in your request email you may list up to three preferred papers in order of preference). If a presenting author does not submit her/his choices for papers to discuss, the Program Chair(s) will assign her/him a paper.
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