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ICF hosts 2023 Behavioral Economics Annual Meeting

On May 11th and 12th, the Yale School of Management hosted the 2023 Behavioral Economics Annual Meeting. This event, which was started in 2009, has become the leading behavioral economics conference in the country, and attracts most of the best researchers in the field.

Over a decade ago, SOM finance professor Nicholas Barberis noticed that, while behavioral economics was a vibrant area of study, there was no regular academic conference in the field. So, together with two colleagues who noticed the same thing – Ted O’Donoghue of Cornell and Ulrike Malmendier of UC Berkeley – he decided to start one.

The resulting conference, called BEAM (Behavioral Economics Annual Meeting), has been a big success – every year since 2009, it has attracted about 100 of the leading researchers in the field for two days of paper presentations and discussion. The conference location rotates between Yale SOM, Cornell, and Berkeley.

This past May, BEAM took place at SOM; you can find the conference program HERE. The program featured a former Yale PhD student and now Cornell professor, Lawrence Jin, and three alums of the Yale Summer School in Behavioral Finance. The Yale iterations of the conference are generously supported by the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation. The ICF staff, particularly Isabella Duenas, also helped to make the event a success.