Introduce students to this relatively new sub-discipline of finance which incorporates insights from cognitive and social psychology into finance. In the past 20 years behavioral finance has emerged as an important stream of thinking in finance. Relaxing the traditional assumptions of finance models has proved a fruitful way of understanding financial decision-making.
The course will go through:
Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic, and Amos Tversky (eds.), Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
Richard Thaler, ed., Advances in behavioral finance, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1993.
Richard Thaler, ed., Advances in behavioral finance, Volume II, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005.
Shleifer, Inefficient markets : an introduction to behavioral finance, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2000.
Students will present a state-of-the art research paper among a selection of papers chosen by the instructors.