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The Brookings Center for Regulation and Markets Graduate Workshop 1: Research in areas regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Friday, February 5, 2021, 1:00-4:30pm EST

It can be difficult for graduate students in economics to learn about issues of current regulatory importance that can be informed by economic research. Due to both the excellence of the CFPB's research program and the important economic policy issues in consumer finance, we are hosting an event for graduate students. It is specifically aimed at students who are interested in consumer finance and want to learn more about issues of current regulatory importance and about data that can be used to explore these issues. The program will feature researchers from the CFPB and academics studying consumer finance using CFPB data. Breakout sessions at the end will be oriented toward helping students further understand the opportunities for research in consumer finance. Registration is open to current graduate students.

1:00pm Welcome Remarks
Stephanie Aaronson, Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies Program
Sanjay Patnaik, Director, Center on Regulation and Markets

Introduction and Orientation
Susan Singer, CFPB Deputy Assistant Director Office of Research

1:15pm Speaker Session 1
Ryan Sandler, CFPB, “Consumers in Financial Distress”

1:45pm Speaker Session 2
Scott Nelson, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, "Private Information and Price Regulation in the US Credit Card Market"

2:15pm Speaker Session 3
Eva Nagypal, CFPB Senior Economist, “Academic Research Informing Policymakers? A Case Study of Overdraft”

2:45pm BREAK

3:00pm Speaker Session 4
Jeremy Tobacman, Associate Professor of Economics, Lerner Business and Economics, University of Delaware, “Unsecured Credit: Explaining Patterns of Usage”

3:30pm Speaker Session 5
Charles Romeo, CFPB Senior Economist, “The Economics of Debt Collection Policy”

4:00pm Concluding Remarks
Breakout Sessions
Students ask questions of agency staff and of academics who have used agency data

Feb 5, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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