Availability Bias of Urban and Rural Investors: Relationship Study of the Gujarat State of India
Journal of Behavioural Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Transport, 2020, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1-6, Published by Science and Education Publishing, USA, DOI:10.12691/jbe-8-1-1
6 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2020
Date Written: June 1, 2020
Biases challenge ability of investors to make rational decisions. The knowledge of concentration of biases based on demographics of investors may have implications for wealth managers and policy makers. This study focuses on relationship between availability bias and urban-rural residence of individual investors. The study reports that place of residence significantly relates to availability bias. A person belonging to rural areas has higher probability to be susceptible to availability bias. Indian rural population has lower per capita incomes and has lower cushion to absorb financial losses, in such a scenario, cost of being biased is very high, for which this study implicates the requirement of credible and sufficient information sources to reduce the availability bias of investors. Wealth managers, hence, are required to develop different communication skills for rural clients in order to build consensus for optimum investment decisions.
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Keywords: availability bias, behavioral finance, behavioral economics, cognitive bias, investor demographics, investor education, investor information, individual investors
JEL Classification: G00, G02, G11
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