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Behavioral Finance : Investors, Corporations, and Markets - H. Kent Baker

Behavioral Finance

Investors, Corporations, and Markets

By: H. Kent Baker (Editor), John R. Nofsinger (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th October 2010
ISBN: 9780470499115
Number Of Pages: 768

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Behavioral finance has increasingly become part of mainstream finance—helping to provide explanations for our economic decisions by combining behavioral and cognitive psychological theory with conventional economics and finance. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource—part of the Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance—provides a comprehensive view of behavioral finance by discussing the current state of research in this area and detailing its potential impact on investors, corporations, and markets.

Comprising contributed chapters by distinguished experts from some of the most influential firms and universities in the world, Behavioral Finance provides a synthesis of the essential elements of this discipline including psychological concepts and behavioral biases; the behavioral aspects of asset pricing, asset allocation, and market prices; investor behavior, corporate managerial behavior, and social influences. Divided into six comprehensive parts, it skillfully:

Describes the fundamental heuristics, cognitive errors, and psychological biases that affect financial decisions

Discusses market inefficiency and behavioral-based pricing models

Explores corporate and executive behavioral finance and examines the behavioral influences involving their investment and financing decisions

Addresses how behavioral finance applies to individual and institutional investors' holdings and their trading endeavors

Shows how cultural factors and societal attitudes affect markets

Behavioral Finance contains the latest information from some of the leading practitioners and academics in this field. Engaging and accessible, this book provides a clear understanding of how people make financial decisions and their effects on today's markets.

H. Kent Baker, PHD, CFA, CMA, is University Professor of Finance and Kogod Research Professor at the Kogod School of Business, American University. He has published extensively in leading academic and professional finance journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Harvard Business Review. Professor Baker is recognized as one of the most prolific authors in finance during the past fifty years. He has consulting and training experience with more than 100 organizations and has been listed in fifteen biographies.

John R. Nofsinger is an Associate Professor of Finance and Nihoul Faculty Fellow at Washington State University. He is one of the world's leading experts in behavioral finance and is a frequent speaker on this topic at investment management conferences, universities, and academic conferences. Nofsinger has often been quoted or appeared in the financial media, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, BusinessWeelz, Bloomberg, and CNBC. He writes a blog called "Mind on My Money" at psychologytoday.com.


Chapter 1. Behavioral Finance: An Overview (Kent H. Baker, John R. Nofsinger).

Chapter 2. Traditional versus Behavioral Finance (Robert J. Bloomfield).

Chapter 3. Behavioral Finance: Application and Pedagogy in Business Education and Training (Rassoul Yazdipour, James A. Howard).

Chapter 4. Heuristics (Rules of Thumb) (Hugh Schwartz ).

Chapter 5. Neuroeconomics and Neurofinance (Richard L. Peterson).

Chapter 6. Emotional Finance (Richard J. Taffler, David A. Tuckett).

Chapter 7. Experimental Finance (Robert J. Bloomfield, Alyssa Anderson).

Chapter 8. The Psychology of Risk and Uncertainty (Victor Ricciardi).

Chapter 9. Psychological Influences on Financial Regulation and Policy (David Hirshleifer, Siew Hong Teoh).


Chapter 10. Disposition Effect (Markku Kaustia).

Chapter 11. Prospect Theory and Behavioral Biases (Morris Altman).

Chapter 12. Cumulative Prospect Theory (Haim Levy).

Chapter 13.  Overconfidence (Markus Glaser, Martin Weber).

Chapter 14. The Representativeness Bias (Richard J. Taffler).

Chapter 15. Familiarity Bias (Hisham S. Foad).

Chapter 16. Limited Attention (Siew Hong Teoh and Sonya S. Lim).

Chapter 17. Other Behavioral Biases (Michael Dowling, Brian M. Lucey).


Chapter 18. Market Inefficiency (Raghavendra Rau).

Chapter 19. Preference and Belief Based Models (Adam Szyszka).


Chapter 20. Enterprise Decision Making as Explained in Interview-Based Studies (Hugh Schwartz).

Chapter 21. Financing Decisions (Dirk Hackbarth).

Chapter 22. Capital Budgeting and Other Investing Decisions (Simon Gervais).

Chapter 23. Dividend Policy Decisions (Itzhak (Zahi) Ben-David).

Chapter 24. Loyalty, Agency Conflicts and Corporate Governance (Randall K. Morck).

Chapter 25. Initial Public Offerings (François Derrien).

Chapter 26. Mergers and Acquisitions (Ming Dong).


Chapter 27. Trust Behavior: The Essential Foundation of Financial Markets (Lynn A. Stout).

Chapter 28. Individual Investor Trading (Ning Zhu).

Chapter 29. Individual Investor Portfolios (Valery Polkovnichenko).

Chapter 30. Cognitive Abilities and Financing Decisions (George M Korniotis, Alok Kumar).

Chapter 31. Pension Participant Behavior (Julie R. Agnew).

Chapter 32. Institutional Investors (Tarun Ramadorai).

Chapter 33. Derivative Markets (Peter Locke).


Chapter 34. The Role of Culture and Finance (Rohan Williamson).

Chapter 35. Social Interactions and Investing (Mark Seasholes).

Chapter 36. Mood (Tyler Shumway).

Part VII. Answers to Chapter Discussion Questions.


ISBN: 9780470499115
ISBN-10: 0470499117
Series: Robert W. Kolb Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 5th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.16 x 18.8  x 4.57
Weight (kg): 1.44
Edition Number: 1