Taming the Animal Spirits of the Stock Markets: A Behavioral Approach to Securities Regulation

71 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2002

Abstract

Recent advances in behavioral finance and economics have offered fascinating, albeit tentative, suggestions that may be useful to securities law policy-makers, especially in the aftermath of Enron and similar scandals. Because of the tentative nature of the findings, however, strong incorporation seems premature. After reviewing some of the literature, I look at three different problem areas - internet fraud, selective disclosure and the measurement of damages in class actions - where this literature might at least provoke creative ideas on how to respond, even if it doesn't generate a clear-cut solution.

Suggested Citation

Langevoort, Donald C., Taming the Animal Spirits of the Stock Markets: A Behavioral Approach to Securities Regulation. Northwestern University Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=305241 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.305241

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