Sensation Seeking, Overconfidence, and Trading Activity

33 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006 Last revised: 24 Jul 2006

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Mark Grinblatt

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Yale University - International Center for Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Matti Keloharju

Aalto University - School of Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

This study analyzes the role that two psychological attributes%u2014sensation seeking and overconfidence%u2014play in the tendency of investors to trade stocks. Equity trading data are combined with data from an investor%u2019s tax filings, driving record, and psychological profile. We use the data to construct measures of overconfidence and sensation seeking tendencies. Controlling for a host of variables, including wealth, income, age, number of stocks owned, marital status, and occupation, we find that overconfident investors and those investors most prone to sensation seeking trade more frequently.

Suggested Citation

Grinblatt, Mark and Keloharju, Matti, Sensation Seeking, Overconfidence, and Trading Activity (May 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12223. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902575

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