47 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2012 Last revised: 23 Apr 2014
Date Written: December 1, 2013
This study asks whether investors learn differently from gains versus losses. I find experimental evidence which indicates that being in the negative domain leads individuals to form overly pessimistic beliefs about available investment options. This pessimism bias is driven by people reacting more to low outcomes in the negative domain relative to the positive domain. Such asymmetric learning may help explain documented empirical patterns regarding the differential role of poor vs. good economic conditions on investment behavior and household economic choices.
Keywords: financial decision making, learning, gains, losses, genes, COMT, neuroeconomics
JEL Classification: G11, D83, C91
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kuhnen, Camelia M., Asymmetric Learning from Financial Information (December 1, 2013). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2083173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2083173