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Behavioral Finance

  • Teacher(s)
    Martijn van den Assem, Remco Zwinkels
  • Research field
    Finance, Finance
  • Dates
    Period 3 - Jan 08, 2024 to Mar 01, 2024
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  • Program year
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Course description

The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to Behavioral Finance. This relatively new field integrates insights from Psychology and other disciplines into Finance to better understand and predict the behavior of individual investors, decision making in firms, and the dynamics of financial markets.

Behavioral Finance extends the traditional Finance framework in three important ways:
- Non-standard beliefs. Individuals are subject to distortions or biases in their beliefs such as overconfidence.
- Non-standard preferences. Individuals can have risk preferences that are not understood in a normatively acceptable framework, and exhibit for example loss aversion.
- Limits to arbitrage. Financial market participants face certain costs and risks that prevent full arbitrage. As a result, market anomalies can occur.

The lectures present original evidence from Psychology, discuss related empirical work in Finance and Economics, and explain how the different findings can be incorporated in the study of financial decision making and financial markets.

Course literature

Selected papers, TBA