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Does Binding or Feeback Influence Myopic Loss Aversion - An Experimental Analysis

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  • Langer, Thomas

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    (Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster Lehrstuhl für BWL, insbesondere Finanzierung)

  • Weber, Martin

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    (Lehrstuhl für ABWL, Finanzwirtschaft, insb. Bankbetriebslehre)

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    Empirical research has shown that a lower feedback frequency combined with a longer bind-ing period decreases myopia and thereby increases the willingness to invest into a risky asset. In an experimental study, we disentangle the intertwined manipulation of feedback frequency and binding period to analyze how both variables alone contribute to the change in myopia and how they interact. We find a strong effect for the length of commitment, a much less pro-nounced effect for the feedback frequency, and a strong interaction between both variables. The results have important implications for real world intertemporal decision making.

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    Paper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim & Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim in its series Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications with number 03-20.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 09 Oct 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:xrs:sfbmaa:03-20

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