The Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research hosts an annual conference, typically held during the spring semester, inviting academics to present their current research on topical issues in finance relevant to academics, practitioners and regulators.  The conference participants include academicians and practitioners.  The majority of papers include empirical work. The format of the conference includes the presentation of four or five papers with one academic and one practitioner discussant for each paper. Participation is by invitation only.

The conference is organized by Rodney White Center Director, Joao F. Gomes, in collaboration with select members of the Wharton Finance Department faculty.

The Rodney L. White Center also sponsors and/or hosts, typically in the fall semester, special topical workshops and conferences for academic research groups such as the NBER, Micro Finance Theory Group and the Macro Finance Society.


Call for Papers

Conference on Financial Decisions and Asset Markets
March 27, 2020


The Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research invites academics to present their current research on topics related to empirical asset pricing, investment management, and household portfolio choice. The conference participants will include academicians and practitioners with expertise in this area. The majority of the papers will include empirical work. The conference format will include the presentation of four papers with two discussants for each paper. Attendance is by invitation only.

Presenters at recent R. L. White conferences have included Colin Camerer, John Campbell, Lauren Cohen, Eugene Fama, Kenneth French, David Hsieh, Pete Kyle, Andrew Lo, Gregor Matvos, Chester Spatt, Laura Starks, and Lu Zhang. Industry participants have included John Ameriks, Cliff Asness, John Bogle, Charley Ellis, Owen Lamont, Bob Litterman, Bill McNabb, Gus Sauter, Stephen Utkus, and Mark Zandi.

The conference offers a dual submission option with the Review of Asset Pricing Studies at no additional cost. Authors may choose to submit to the conference program only, or to submit to both the conference and RAPS. This is a “no-fault” submission option, which means if RAPS rejects your paper, you may submit to any SFS journal at a later date without penalty. Note that, according to the SFS dual submission rules, papers considered under the dual submission program cannot be under consideration at any other journal. The details of the dual submission program may be found at

The organizing committee consists of Jules van Binsbergen and Nikolai Roussanov from the Finance Department of the Wharton School.

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The R. L. White Center will provide for travel expenses and hotel accommodations for academics and practitioners who are presenting or discussing papers.

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to upload a copy of their paper, in PDF format, by clicking on the following link:  Paper Submissions 2020

The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2019.