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The Analysis of Socio-Economic and Demographic Factors Effecting the Risk Taking Behaviour of Individual Investors


  • Mehmet SARAC
  • Mehmet Burak KAHYAOGLU


The 2008 financial crisis are quite noteworthy in terms of exposing the volatility in the risk appetite of the global markets. The instantaneous and collective movements of the investors’ risk preferences have attracted the attentions to the concept of risk, which is one of the fundamental criteria of the investment decisions. Personal characteristics, socio-economic and psychological factors determine the risk level that investors take by effecting their risk perceptions. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the socio-economic and demographic factors that affect the risk taking attitude of the individual investors in Istanbul Stock Exchange. The findings show that there are significant differences between some socioeconomic and demographic groups in terms of risk taking attitude.

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  • Mehmet SARAC & Mehmet Burak KAHYAOGLU, 2011. "The Analysis of Socio-Economic and Demographic Factors Effecting the Risk Taking Behaviour of Individual Investors," Journal of BRSA Banking and Financial Markets, Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, vol. 5(2), pages 135-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdd:journl:v:5:y:2011:i:2:p:135-158

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    Investor Behavior; Risk Perception; Risk Tolerance.;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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