A biannual conference that attracts many of the shining stars of the international scientific community will be held on the campus of Georgia State University June 30-July 3.
Known as FUR XV: International Conference on Foundations and Applications of Utility, Risk and Decision Theory, the event brings together an informal worldwide network of distinguished researchers in economics, psychology, statistics, cognitive science, computer science and several disciplines from business such as marketing, decision science, risk management and insurance to present research and share ideas.
Since its opening Oslo conference in 1982, this year marks only the second time the group has met in the United States. This year’s conference will bring leading thinkers from the top universities in the Western Hemisphere and around the world, such as the University of Bonn, WISE – Xiamen University, Oxford University and global corporations such as Artal Investments.
“FUR is truly interdisciplinary, and its highly specialized topic area spans several disciplines,” says Professor James C. Cox, director of Experimental Economics Center (ExCEN) in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) at Georgia State University.
Cox organized the event along with the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business (RCB). Other members of FUR’s Local Organizing Committee include CEAR Director Glenn Harrison, Elisabet Rutstrom, director of the Dean’s Behavioral Economics Laboratory in the RCB, and Vjollca Sadiraj, a member of the economics faculty at the AYSPS.
Plenary speakers on Sunday, June 29, are Nathaniel T. Wilcox of Chapman University on “Heterogeneity and Stability of Probability Weights” and Jerome Busemeyer of Indiana University on “Forging Together Cognitive and Decision Principles to Build Decision Field Theory.” On Monday, June 30, the plenary speakers are Harris Schlesinger of the University of Alabama on “Higher Order Risk Attitudes” and Edi Karni of Johns Hopkins University on“Reverse Bayesianism: A Choice-Based Theory of Growing Awareness.”
Almost 140 papers – all new research – will be presented during 35 parallel sessions during the three-day conference.
The FUR XV conference program offers abstracts on the research presented. Go to
For more information on the event, its history and organizers, go to: http://excen.gsu.edu/fur2012/index.html.