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Quantitative Society for Pensions and Saving (QSPS)

picQSPS started out as a forum for the discussion of saving for retirement and pension design and reform, but it has since expanded to cover many other important topics that are related to economic decision making and outcomes over the life cycle. The vision of QSPS has been facilitated via the organization of an annual QSPS Summer Workshop in May of each year. The annual workshop takes place in a selective setting in which 13-14 participants each have one hour to present and discuss his or her theoretical and/or empirical research. This format creates an atmosphere in which presenters are able to receive in-depth peer feedback while interacting extensively with other workshop participants. A premium is placed on research that is quantitatively rigorous. The QSPS Summer Workshop is held in the Douglas D. Anderson Executive Boardroom at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, which provides scenic views of Cache Valley and the surrounding mountains of Northern Utah.

2016 Workshop (MAY 19-21, 2016):

See the Workshop Program.

Feedback from past keynote speakers:

“The QSPS workshop is very similar to the thematic conferences and workshops (like those held by NBER, SI, etc.), but this one is much more fun on the social side. This makes it very easy to interact with other participants and to provide and receive feedback. The workshop is well done!”

Luigi Pistaferri
Professor of Economics, Stanford University
2016 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“The QSPS workshop is more personal and it has a clear focus by theme and by topic, compared to many other workshops and conferences. It is brilliant in its organization and in its design.”

Dirk Krueger
Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania
2016 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“The organizers were great hosts to all who attended. It was very nice to participate in a conference centered around common interests.”

Andrew Caplin
Professor of Economics, New York University
2015 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“The workshop was held in such a beautiful stretch of the country. It created so many nice memories.”

David Laibson
Professor of Economics, Harvard University
2015 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“I cannot remember a conference where I have felt as welcome and learned so much in such a pleasant environment. The organizers have created a wonderful experience, and I commend them for all of their effort to make the workshop such a success. I left the workshop with several great ideas for how to improve and extend my own work.”

Andrew Samwick
Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
2014 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“The organizers deserve a lot of credit in putting together this conference. It was great fun to hear the talks and to chat with participants about their work. The hospitality was especially appreciated. What a heartwarming surprise of a conference!”

Botond Koszegi
Professor of Economics, Central European University
2014 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“Another conference like this just does not exist. It is unique in that it provides a healthy amount of serious work on papers that are related, while allowing participants to interact with one another while hiking in beautiful places. I have truly enjoyed my time participating. I would be very happy to come again.”

Ayse Imrohoroglu
Professor of Economics, University of Southern California
2013 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this conference. The format provided a high-quality experience for all who attended.”

Gianluca Violante
Professor of Economics, New York University
2013 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“The QSPS Workshop compares very well to many of the top conferences. It facilitates a high degree of close interaction among participants so that research can be discussed in-depth and at-length.

Gustavo Ventura
Professor of Economics, Arizona State University
2012 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“This conference was well-organized. I am very pleased that I was invited to participate. I am definitely interested in coming back in future years.”

Eric Young
Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
2012 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“The QSPS workshop was a great event. I really enjoyed all of the presentations and the time spent with participants. I look forward to coming back and participating in the future.”

Carlos Garriga
2011 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“This conference seems to have hit just the right note in terms of having collegiality without compromising seriousness.”

Kartik Athreya
2010 QSPS Keynote Speaker


“I thought this was one of the best conferences that I've ever attended.”

James Feigenbaum
Associate Professor of Economics, Utah State University
2009 QSPS Keynote Speaker


Feedback from some past participants: 

"The QSPS workshop provides highly valuable interaction among participants who present high-quality research papers. QSPS is very comparable to many of the top field conferences in economics. It was one of the best conferences that I have ever attended."

Sagiri Kitao
Associate Professor of Economics, Hunter College, City University of New York
2012 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The comments and feedback that I received during my presentation in the QSPS Workshop were very constructive and more detailed than in larger conferences like SED. The full hour of each presentation helped participants feel comfortable in challenging each presenter. Also, the hiking and social events were very helpful at getting participants to become acquainted and interact with each other.”

Adam Blandin
Assistant Professor of Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University
2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The QSPS Workshop has a well-defined focus and it is dense. The papers are well-selected, and it is enjoyable to get that deeply invested and involved in each paper that is presented. The beautiful location in the mountains of Utah was quite the experience.”

Orhan Erem Atesagaoglu
Assistant Professor of Economics, State University of New York at Stony Brook
2012 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The workshop is held in a great location with excellent facilities. It is comparable to the very best conferences, such as the NBER Summer Workshops.”

Aaron Hedlund
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Missouri at Columbia
2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The QSPS Workshop is more valuable than most conferences, and it is at least as good as other workshops. The one-hour presentation format for each paper is great, and the workshop has an excellent selection of researchers who present.”

Brennan Platt
Associate Professor of Economics, Brigham Young University
2012, 2013 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The amount of interaction and feedback at QSPS is definitely much, much higher relative to other conferences. There are few conferences that successfully maintain the quality that QSPS achieves.”

Roozbeh Hosseini
Assistant Professor of Economics, Arizona State University
2011, 2012, 2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“QSPS maintains very thoughtful comments and feedback on presentations, due to the small group atmosphere. I really enjoyed participating in the workshop.”

Madhav Chandrasekher
Assistant Professor of Economics, Arizona State University
2014 QSPS Workshop Participant


“This conference is on par with the NBER conferences in terms of discussion and quality.”

Kerk Phillips
Associate Professor of Economics, Brigham Young University
2010, 2011 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The longer presentations and small group of participants really allowed for valuable feedback on the specific papers that were presented. Also, having a group in which everyone was familiar with the subject material of each paper made for a helpful experience. It was truly a great workshop!”

Joseph Briggs
Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, New York University
2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“This conference was fantastic in all respects. The presentations were great, and I received very useful feedback. The hiking was spectacular. I thought that the format of mixing the conference with the outdoors worked wonderfully, because it gave participants the opportunity to interact with one another much more than is the norm at such events.”

Maria Casanova
Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University at Fullerton
2013, 2015, 2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“I have attended this workshop twice, and it is one of my very favorites to attend. Compared to other workshops and conferences, QSPS provides much better opportunities for interaction with other participants, absolutely great social activities, and it is held in a very scenic location. QSPS allows a participant to receive high-quality feedback on presented research.”

Svetlana Pashchenko
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Georgia
2011, 2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“QSPS provides a wonderful atmosphere to present and receive feedback, while having enough time to get to know other participants to discuss related work.”

Aspen Gorry
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California-Santa Cruz
2011, 2012 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The QSPS Workshop has longer talks in a very relaxed atmosphere. This helps to create an environment in which each speaker is able to receive detailed feedback. The breaks and activities were fun and allowed for a nice amount of interaction with other speakers.”

Michaela Pagel
Assistant Professor of Economics, Columbia Business School
2013, 2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The QSPS Summer Workshop and people were so great, that I stayed until the last session at 5 p.m. even though my flight departed from Salt Lake City at 3 p.m.”

Lei (Nick) Guo 
Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, The University of Minnesota
2009 QSPS Workshop Participant


“This conference is definitely among the very best. It was very interesting from a scientific point of view, and I learned a lot. The smooth organization combined with the very interesting papers makes the experience really enjoyable. I also had a really great time participating in the outdoor activities in the northern Utah landscape.”

Francois Le Grand
Associate Professor of Economics, EMLyon Business School & ETH Zurich
2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“I thought that the workshop was very well organized. I really appreciated the one hour format for the presentations and the possibility to have discussions during the breaks and meals. I learned a lot in two days.”

Nathalie Mathieu-Bolh
Assistant Professor of Economics, The University of Vermont
2010 QSPS Workshop Participant


“This is the best workshop or conference that I have attended. The organizers' efforts to create a small group setting in which participants feel comfortable giving serious feedback is particularly valuable and appreciated.”

William Peterman
2014, 2016 QSPS Workshop Participant


“QSPS is one of the best conferences. I was deeply touched by the organizers' hospitality, and I benefited a lot from the friendly atmosphere and close interaction among participants. In addition, northern Utah offers the greatest outdoor setting in the US: where else could participants hike to see blooming flowers and then play in the falling snow within the same day!”

Ponpoje Porapakkarm
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Macau
2011 QSPS Workshop Participant


“I have attended many other conferences and can compare based on my experience. The amount of insightful questions and helpful suggestions that I received from the workshop participants is just beyond any possible expectations I could have initially put on this workshop.”

Natalia Khorunzhina
Assistant Professor of Economics, Copenhagen Business School
2010 QSPS Workshop Participant


“The QSPS Conference is the most wonderful conference that I have ever attended. The conference schedule, the participants, and the organization are all perfect!”

Yue Li
Assistant Professor of Economics, State University of New York at Albany
2015 QSPS Workshop Participant


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