Center on Finance Law & Policy

ideas42 & Center on Finance, Law, and Policy: Behavioral Finance Symposium, University of Michigan

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Keynote Remarks by Nobel Laureate: Robert J. Shiller

Sterling Professor of Economics

Yale University

Significant strides in consumer protection, investment advice rules, retirement security policies, fintech innovations on credit, investment, insurance, payments and financial management have been made as a result of behavioral research and innovation over the last decade.

This symposium takes stock of what we have learned, explores where progress or retrenchment has occurred, and charts paths for future research, product innovation and better policies at all levels. We will be exploring four areas in depth: consumer finance, investment and retirement security, micro-enterprise and small business, and macro financial stability.

Registration is required. 

ideas42 and University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law, and Policy

Organizer of Behavioral Finance Symposium

The Center on Finance, Law, and Policy at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary research center which draws together faculty and students from more than a dozen of Michigan’s nineteen schools and colleges to work on a broad range of research projects focused on creating a financial system that is safer, fairer, and better harnessed to the real economy.

Founded in 2013 by faculty from Michigan Law School, Michigan Ross School of Business, Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, and Michigan College of Engineering, the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy brings together leading scholars from a broad range of disciplines to conduct theoretical, empirical, and applied research aimed at transforming financial policy, financial regulations, financial products and services, and financial institution management.

ideas42 grew out of research programs in psychology and economics at top academic institutions, and our work draws on decades of experimental scientific research. We use these insights to design scalable ways to improve programs, policies and products in the real world. We work with a wide range of partners, from leading foundations and non-profit organizations, to government bodies and businesses. In short, anyone who wants to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Center on Finance, Law and Policy: Peter Adriaens, PhD, University of Michigan

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Peter Adriaens, PhD

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Civil and Environmental Engineering,

Natural Resources and Environment

University of Michigan


“Financial Technology for Green Growth:

Investment Management in the Era of Big Data”

Abstract: The seminar will discuss my three year program on Sustainability Finance for Green Transitioning in Finland, which is now exported to Switzerland, Taiwan, Canada, and the US. The program is sponsored by the Finnish Fund for Innovation, the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy, the Global CleanTech Cluster Association, the Swiss Federal Office for Energy, the GLOBE Capital Series, the American Jobs Project, and the Conference for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. The talk will be held in the Center on Finance, Law and Policy.

Bio: Dr. Adriaens is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, where he is affiliated with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is past-President of the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors, a member-by-eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering (AAEE), and Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Applied Sciences, where he was recognized for bridging engineering and business entrepreneurship in academia and practice. Most recently, he was awarded a Finnish Distinguished Professorship, focused on portfolio financing models for CleanTech.

Following a 20-year career in in technology development (environmental sensing, green buildings) and validation, his current work focuses on CleanTech innovation and entrepreneurship. Specific interests include business water risk models focused on financial risk assessment, reverse innovation strategies for new mobility strategies, and the development of indexes and investment portfolios in emerging cleantech clusters. He teaches courses on Business Models, Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals, CleanTech Venture Assessment, and Sustainability Finance. He is co-developer of the KeyStone Compact™, a data-driven analytical and strategic positioning tool for that has been used by more than 1,000 global early and later stage companies in a wide range of investment domains (CleanTech, BioTech, ITC, space sciences), used by economic development organizations in the US, Europe and Asia.

He is co-founder and CEO of Water Risk Analytics, a big data and software analytics financial technology firm addressing equity and portfolio risk and performance issues related to ESG investments. He is CEO at The KeyStone Compact Group (www.keystonecompact.com), built around the KeyStone suite of tools addressing investment strategies across the business lifecycle. As co-Founder/Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Custer Association (GCCA), his interest is in building out value chains for industrial renewal by screening, repositioning and connecting Cleantech clusters and companies (www.globalcleantech.org). With 56 clusters in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, representing nearly 10,000 companies, and $3.5 bn. under management, the GCCA catalyzes global value system development. For more information, see www.linkedin.com/in/peteradriaens/.