Behavioral Finance from 2001-2012: Concepts, Themes and Academic Production
22 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2013
Date Written: September 29, 2013
We discuss the role of Behavioral Finance in the broader context of Finance. We present a dual approach: the use of concepts from psychology to the understanding of financial decisions, markets and asset pricing; and as a process of building a new paradigm, consistent with proposed by De Bondt and others (2008) and Shefrin (2010). A conceptual definition for Behavioral Finance is set to define scope and conduct this research. A sample of scientific papers from 2001 to 2012 is evaluated under these criteria, divided in two equal time periods, also compared by country and academic production. Effects of Preferences, and the study of effects in beliefs in financial decisions, and in portfolio selection, are dominant in the studies. Non-US research spreads, especially in China and EU, but US is still dominant in the role of providing academic texts. A research agenda is presented on developing studies on cross cultural aspects of biases, corporate finance and on the role of education in behavioral aspects of financial decisions.
Keywords: behavioral finance, bibliometric study, beliefs, process, decisions
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