Behavioral Finance

Name im Diploma SupplementBehavioral Finance
Anbieter Lehrstuhl für Finanzierung (
LehrpersonProf. Dr. Heiko Jacobs
TurnusWintersemestermaximale Hörerschaftunbeschränkt

empfohlenes Vorwissen

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.


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.


  • 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


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).

didaktisches Konzept

The course is held in the form of lectures.


  • BWL-EaF-Ma-2015 > Wahlpflichtbereich > (1.-3. Fachsemester, Wahlpflicht) Modul "Behavioral Finance"
  • LA-gbF-kbF-BK-Ma-2014 > Masterprüfung in der kleinen beruflichen Fachrichtung > Finanz- und Rechnungswesen, Steuern > Wahlpflichtbereich Kleine berufliche Fachrichtung "Finanz- und Rechnungswesen, Steuern" > (1.-3. Fachsemester, Wahlpflicht) Modul "Behavioral Finance"
  • MuU-Ma-2013 > Wahlpflichtbereich II > Wahlpflichtbereich II B.: Märkte und Unternehmen aus Marktperspektive > (1.-3. Fachsemester, Wahlpflicht) Modul "Behavioral Finance"
  • VWL-Ma-2009-V2013 > Wahlpflichtbereich II > (1.-3. Fachsemester, Wahlpflicht) Modul "Behavioral Finance"
WIWI‑C1116 - Vorlesung: Behavioral Finance