The Miami Business School at the University of Miami is organizing its 9th Behavioral Finance Conference.  The conference will be held at the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, Florida. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Finance at the University of Miami, the Review of Financial Studies (RFS). Financial support has been provided by Cubist Systematic Strategies. David Laibson from Harvard University will be the keynote speaker.

Papers from all areas of behavioral finance and economics will be considered. Researchers from other related disciplines such as experimental finance and neuro-finance are encouraged to submit a paper. We also encourage submissions from junior researchers and doctoral students. In addition to the regular paper presentations, the conference will include  2 - 4 short doctoral student presentations. All authors for these “doctoral” papers must be current doctoral students.

The program for last year’s conference is available at here.

RFS Partnership


The Miami Behavioral Finance Conference and the Review of Financial Studies announce a combined submission process. At your option, your paper submitted to the Miami Behavioral Conference will in addition be considered for publication by the RFS free of charge. The rules for this dual submission process are as follows:

  1. You must expressly indicate you are interested in consideration by the RFS.

  2. At the discretion of the RFS Sponsoring Editor, a small number of dual submissions will be invited to submit to the RFS. The RFS will waive the fee on such submissions and have the submission formally reviewed. In this case, the paper’s author will receive a copy of the RFS reviewer's report.

  3. Papers submitted for dual consideration must not be under review at another journal or the RFS, nor can they be considered for dual submission if previously rejected by the RFS.

  4. In the event that a dual submission that has been invited to submit to the RFS is subsequently rejected, its authors have the option to submit a future version of their paper to the RFS without prejudice.

While under consideration as a dual submission by the Miami Behavioral Conference and the RFS, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the RFS) until the author has been notified of the dual submission outcome.

For more details please see the SFS website at http://sfs.org/dualsubmissionpolicy/.

Paper Submission Procedure

Paper submission coming soon. 

Papers that are in an early stage (but completed) will be considered. Please do not submit a paper that has been accepted for publication in a journal or is close to being accepted.

Details about paper submission will be posted soon. 

Conference Format

We will have 6-7 papers on day 1 (December 14) of the conference and 4-5 papers on day 2 (December 15).  Each presenter will have 20-25 minutes to present the paper, followed by a 15-20 minute discussion.  We are planning to organize a few social events at the end of day 1 followed by a conference dinner. The conference will conclude on December 15 in the afternoon.

Acceptance Rate

We typically receive about 200 submissions and accept 10 to 12 papers for the conference.  Our plan is to accept 10 to 12 papers for the 2018 conference. 

Additional Information

We have negotiated reduced rates at a hotel in Coral Gables and we encourage staying at the conference hotel since we will arrange transportation to the University of Miami from the conference hotel. Please let us know if you need financial assistance since we have a limited budget to cover travel expenses for presenters and discussants. Note that the registration fee is waived for presenters and discussants.

For additional information about the conference, please email umbfc@miami.edu.


December 14-15, 2018

Paper Submission

Coming soon. 


Coming soon. 


George Korniotis
Associate Professor of Finance
Miami Business School
University of Miami
Sarah Khalaf
Behavioral Finance Conference Fellow
Miami Business School
University of Miami
Michelle Mederos
Office Manager
Department of Finance
Miami Business School
University of Miami