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Learning By Trading


Amit Seru


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and NBER

Tyler Shumway


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, The Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Noah Stoffman


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance

February 15, 2009


Abstract:     
Using a large sample of individual investor records over a nine-year period, we analyze survival rates, the disposition effect and trading performance at the individual level to determine whether and how investors learn from their trading experience. We find evidence of two types of learning: some investors become better at trading with experience, while others stop trading after realizing that their ability is poor. A substantial part of overall learning by trading is explained by the second type. By ignoring investor attrition, the existing literature significantly overestimates how quickly investors become better at trading.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: Learning, Behavioral Biases, Disposition Effect, Individual Investor Performance

JEL Classification: D10, G10

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Date posted: March 20, 2006 ; Last revised: May 14, 2014

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Seru, Amit and Shumway, Tyler and Stoffman, Noah, Learning By Trading (February 15, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=891694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.891694

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Amit Seru
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business and NBER ( email )
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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Tyler Shumway (Contact Author)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, The Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )
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Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.umich.edu/~shumway
Noah Stoffman
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance ( email )
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
(812) 856-5664 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://kelley.iu.edu/nstoffma/

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