6th European Retail Investment Conference (ERIC) and Doctoral Consortium

Stuttgart, Germany

Main Conference: May 13-14, 2021

Doctoral Consortium: May 12, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Zacharias Sautner
(Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)

In recent years, technological innovation has changed the market for retail investment products and facilitated competition between new entrants and traditional players. The aftermath of the financial crises has reduced retail investor’s trust in financial institutions and markets. However, the majority of financial market research focuses on institutions and institutional investing, whereas significantly fewer studies examine the role and decisions of retail investors within this changing regulatory and technological environment. A fundamental question arises from the common conjecture that retail investors switch to alternative investments or retract from and no longer participate in financial markets. While practical experience often suggests better investor education to prevent falling participation and increased market complexity, little knowledge has been gained about the effect of financial literacy on (retail) investors’ behavior and their welfare. Furthermore, the impact of technology to support decision-making, participation, and education remains widely unexplored.

To shed light on these aspects and develop a better understanding of their impact on retail investors, the European Retail Investment Conference (ERIC) invites submissions that investigate financial literacy and education, regulatory issues, investors’ decision-making, the impact of technology on retail investors, market microstructure, and sustainable finance.

Prizes of 600 EUR (best paper) and 400 EUR (second best paper) will be awarded for the best doctoral student papers.

ERIC will accept completed but unpublished research papers that have not been accepted for publication at the time of submission. Submitted papers will be double-blind reviewed by the program committee. ERIC welcomes Ph.D. students to submit working papers or preliminary drafts of one of their Ph.D. essays to the doctoral consortium. The submission deadline for the main conference and for the doctoral consortium is January 1st, 2021. Accommodation and registration are free of charge for accepted Ph.D. students. Registration is free of charge for accepted presenters. Acceptance of papers will be announced around February 28th, 2021. Further information can be found on www.retailinvestmentconference.org.

Hans-Peter Burghof, University of Hohenheim, Germany           
Ryan Riordan, Queen's School of Business, Queen's University, Canada
Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany