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Baylor Hosts Risk Theory Society Seminar

June 6, 2022

The Hankamer School of Business hosted the 2022 Risk Theory Society (RTS) Seminar on May 20-21 at the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the first time Baylor has facilitated the event.

"The RTS Seminar is a premier international conference featuring theoretical and applied research in the areas of insurance economics, financial economics as it relates to insurance markets and institutions, actuarial science, and the economic analysis of risk and uncertainty," James Garven, the Frank S. Groner Memorial Chair of Finance, said.

Sandeep Mazumder, the William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of the Hankamer School of Business, delivered the opening address. The meeting also featured extensive presentations and discussion of a variety of unpublished research papers submitted by RTS members.

The annual RTS Seminar provides scholars with the opportunity to have their research rigorously vetted by a talented group of scholars, including editorial board members of various academic journals, Garven said.

"When you have a room full of exceptionally smart people who have already read and thought carefully about what you have written, you will receive valuable critical feedback which helps to improve the quality of the research and make it more likely to be published," he said.

Prior to this meeting the RTS Seminar last occurred in person at the University of Alabama in April 2019. Baylor was set to host in April 2020 but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a virtual 2021 seminar, organizers recognized the need for an in-person event in 2022, which led the group to Waco.

"It was a very productive meeting," Garven said. "People who presented papers are walking away with many good ideas about how to improve their work, and that is the whole point of academic conferences such as the RTS Seminar."

For a full list of topics and links to the papers that were presented at the seminar, visit https://blogs.baylor.edu/rmi/2022-risk-theory-seminar-schedule.

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