Long-term trends like demographic change and climate change pose major challenges for the sustainability and stability of financial markets. For households, firms and financial institutions these entail far-reaching implications with regard to financial decision-making, old-age provision, financing conditions, reporting burdens, interest rates, business models of financial institutions, the role of (state)pension funds, and the architecture and regulation of financial markets. This three-day conference shall provide a stimulating environment for in-depth debates on the effects of demographic change and climate change on financial markets and their various players, on the policy implications of recent research, and on new research questions arising from policy responses. We invite empirical and theoretical submissions (full papers only) with a microeconomic focus. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Household savings and investment behaviour
  • “Green preferences”, sustainable financial literacy and financial decisions
  • Risk-management and investment strategies of pension funds and insurance companies
  • Bank business models, bank funding and lending
  • Financial market barriers to a sustainable economy
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sustainability of financial markets and their players

We are delighted to announce that Koen Schoors (Ghent University) and tba will be the keynote speakers of this event.

The conference will be held as a fully virtual event. We plan to schedule the keynote speeches and paper presentations / discussions in the afternoons on each conference day to enable participation from as many places around the world as possible. Participation is free of charge for all participants.

Keynote Speakers

Koen Schoors

Ghent University, Belgium

Paul Smeets

Maastricht University, Netherlands

Scientific Committee

Martin Brown

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Martin Weber

University of Mannheim and ZEW

Please send your paper to FMconference@zew.de. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2022. Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the authors by end of February 2022. Please indicate whether you are willing to act as a discussant

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06.04.2022 - 08.04.2022

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