NBER Call for Papers - Aging, Cognitive Ability, and Decision-Making

Institute of Economics

Date: 10.11.2021 / 04:31 - 04:31

Populations are growing older throughout the developed world. This makes understanding the role of changing health status, including changing cognitive capacity, at older ages a topic of increasing importance. The evolution of decision-making skills in late life can have important consequences for many dimensions of household well-being, including household finance, health outcomes, and the prospect of independent living. To promote research on the links between aging, cognitive ability, and decision-making the Center for Economic and Political Research on Aging (CEPRA) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) will host a workshop in Lugano, Switzerland, on April 1-2, 2022.  

The meeting will focus on a wide range of issues associated with aging, cognition, and decision-making, including:

•  Behavioral economics, cognition, and biases in decision-making;
•  The effect of cognition and its age-related decline on labor market participation and household decision-making with regard to health care, pension, savings, and insurance choices;
•  Racial, ethnic, and socio-economic inequality in the prevalence and treatment of diseases related to cognition decline such as Alzheimer’s Disease;
•  International comparisons and national studies related to cognitive ability and decision-making among older individuals.


Call for papers

Papers for the meeting will be selected by a committee comprised of Fabrizio Mazzonna (CEPRA and Università della Svizzera italiana), Jonathan Skinner (Dartmouth and NBER) and Kathleen McGarry (UCLA and NBER). The conference organizers welcome submissions of both empirical and theoretical research, and encourage submissions by scholars who are early in their careers, who are not NBER affiliates, and who are from groups that are underrepresented in the economics profession. Papers that have been accepted for publication and that will be published by April 2022 are not eligible for presentation.

To be considered for inclusion on the program, papers or detailed abstracts, in PDF format, must be uploaded by midnight (EST) January 15, 2022 via the following link. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by in late January, 2022.


CEPRA will cover the cost of local accommodations and an economy-class advance-purchase airfare to the conference for one author per paper. Participants are expected to stay for both days of the meeting.  Questions may be addressed to confer@nber.org.