In 2008, the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) was created as the result of a Georgia State University Area of Focus grant and became operational in 2009 when Glenn Harrison was appointed the Director. Over the past 10 years, the Center has been instrumental in establishing ‘risk’ as an academic discipline and has become an intellectual world leader in that space. CEAR has continued to achieve its vision through adhering to the following goals:
- Conducting research that informs scholarly and policy debate on the most important and compelling economic and social questions related to risk;
- Being recognized as the leading collaborative research center that enables scholars from around the world to meaningfully interact to address these important topics;
- Fostering a critical mass of academics/researchers from multiple disciplines including economics, accounting, finance, law and mathematics who identify themselves as risk scholars;
- Propagating the next generation of risk scholars;
- Becoming a leading resource for policymakers and business professionals seeking to address challenging risk problems.
One of the many strengths of the Center is fostering a critical mass of academics and researchers from multiple disciplines including economics, accounting, finance, law and mathematics who identify themselves as risk scholars. CEAR engages with these scholars by curating events that emphasize broad research topics that address fundamental and abstract topics as well as immediate policy and business issues. Over the past 10 years, the Center has held over 100 events (seminars, colloquia, workshops, etc.) which span topics such as behavioral insurance, behavioral health, inclusive insurance, income risk, risk literacy, and social norms among many others. Each event brings top minds in different areas of risk together for intensive discussions on a specific topic in risk. As these events are heavily attended by Ph.D. students, it also allows for students to directly interact with senior level academics.
To see a full listing of historic and upcoming events go to cear.gsu.edu/event-archives.