Loss Aversion in Financial Markets
Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design, 2019, 4(1), 119 –137.
24 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2020
Date Written: August 2019
Experimental evidence suggests that people are more sensitive to losses than gains by a factor of about two. Researchers have drawn implications from loss aversion to understand various aspects of individual decisions and asset prices in financial markets. At the current stage, some ancillary assumptions have been made in deriving these implications. Loss aversion affects financial markets through affecting the risk attitudes of market participants. Taken as a whole, loss aversion is a useful ingredient in helping us understand financial markets.
Keywords: loss aversion, risk attitude, non-participation puzzle, disposition effect, equity premium puzzle, excess volatility, anomalies
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