CFPB to Host Symposium on Consumer Financial Protection Regulation


July 29 webcast, part of the bureau’s symposium series, will focus on cost-benefit of analysis of regulations.

7/22/2020 12:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will hold a symposium on the use of cost-benefit analysis in consumer financial protection regulation at 9:30 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The event will be webcast on the bureau’s website.

“The symposium is intended to seek perspectives on the use of cost-benefit analysis in consumer financial protection regulations. The bureau is exploring developments in the cost-benefit analysis arena and will consider lessons that may be useful as it nears the start of its second decade of work,” according to a news release from the CFPB.

The event will feature remarks by CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger and two panels of experts.

This symposium will consist of two panels of experts. The first panel will consider questions related to how the bureau should use cost-benefit analysis in developing consumer financial regulations and whether the bureau’s practices provide the proper incentives for the best use and reporting of cost-benefit analysis. The panel will be moderated by Susan Singer, deputy assistant director in the bureau’s Office of Research. The panel experts are:

  • Jerry Ellig, research professor, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
  • Stephen W. Hall, legal director & securities specialist, Better Markets
  • Brian Hughes, executive vice president and chief risk officer, Discover Financial Services
  • Howell Jackson, professor of law, Harvard Law School
  • Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate, Public Citizen

The second panel will focus on how the bureau may help advance the methodology of cost-benefit analysis for consumer financial regulation. The panel may also consider the data and economic models that should be developed for cost-benefit analysis of consumer financial regulation, how to address distributional concerns, and how to partner with others in this work. The panel will be moderated by Paul Rothstein, financial institutions and regulatory policy section chief in the bureau’s Office of Research. The panel experts are:

  • John Coates, professor of law and economics, Harvard Law School
  • Mark Cohen, professor of law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Alex Lee, professor of law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Christopher J. Mayer, professor of real estate, Columbia Business School

The symposium is the fifth in a series announced last year to explore consumer protections in today’s dynamic financial services marketplace. The series is aimed at stimulating a proactive and transparent dialogue to assist the bureau in its policy development process, including possible future rulemakings. The first symposium on June 25, 2019, covered the Dodd-Frank Act’s prohibition on abusive acts or practices. The second symposium on Sept. 19, 2019, covered behavioral law and economics. The third symposium on Nov. 6, 2019, covered Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The fourth symposium on Feb. 26, 2020, covered consumer access to financial records.

ACA International will follow the event.

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