Lecture

Behavioral Finance

Name in diploma supplementBehavioral Finance
Organisational Unit Lehrstuhl für Finanzierung (https://www.fin.wiwi.uni-due.de/)
LecturersProf. Dr. Heiko Jacobs
SPW2LanguageEnglish
Cyclewinter semesterParticipants at mostno limit

Preliminary knowledge

Students are assumed to have undergraduate level knowledge of finance and economics. Some basic knowledge of statistics/econometrics is helpful to understand empirical research conducted in the research papers, which the course content is based on. A sufficient level of spoken and written English language skills is necessary.

Abstract

There is abundant evidence suggesting that the standard economic paradigm of rational individuals does not perfectly describe behavior in financial markets. Behavioral Finance examines how individuals' attitudes and behavior affect their financial decisions. This course reviews research on psychological biases and non-standard preferences in investor behavior, highlights the link between individual behavior and market outcomes, and discusses some of the major empirical “puzzles” in financial markets for which standard finance theory provides no sufficient explanation.

Contents

  • An Introduction to Behavioral Finance
  • Market Participants: Judgment Biases
  • Market Participants: Purchasing and Selling Decisions
  • Market Participants: Experience, Social Networks, Retirement Saving
  • Linking Individual Behavior and Market Outcomes
  • Markets: Efficiency and Limits to Arbitrage
  • Markets: Event Studies
  • Markets: Time Series Properties and Calendar Anomalies
  • Markets: Cross-Sectional Predictability

Literature

As the course discusses partly recent research, there is no specific textbook that covers all aspects of the course. However, useful survey papers for this course are:

  • Barber, B. M., & Odean, T. (2013). Chapter 22 – The Behavior of Individual Investors. In: Handbook of the Economics of Finance  (Vol. 2, pp. 1533–1570).
  • Barberis, N., & Thaler, R. (2003). A survey of behavioral finance. Handbook of the Economics of Finance, (Vol. 1, pp. 1053-1128).
  • Hirshleifer, D. A. (2015). Behavioral finance. In: Annual Review of Financial Economics (Vol. 7, pp. 133-159).

Teaching concept

The course is held in the form of lectures.

Participants

  • BWL EaF Master 2015>Wahlpflichtbereich >Modul "Behavioral Finance"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
  • LA gbF/kbF BK Master 2014>Masterprüfung in der kleinen beruflichen Fachrichtung >Finanz- und Rechnungswesen, Steuern >Profil "Finanzdienstleistungen" in der kleinen beruflichen Fachrichtung >Wahlpflichtbereich im Profil "Finanzdienstleistungen" >Modul "Behavioral Finance"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
  • MuU Master 2013>Wahlpflichtbereich II >Wahlpflichtbereich II B.: Märkte und Unternehmen aus Marktperspektive >Modul "Behavioral Finance"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
  • VWL Master 2009-V2013>Wahlpflichtbereich II >Modul "Behavioral Finance"1st-3rd Semester, Elective
WIWI‑C1116 - Lecture: Behavioral Finance