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The disposition effect and investor experience

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  • Da Costa, Newton
  • Goulart, Marco
  • Cupertino, Cesar
  • Macedo, Jurandir
  • Da Silva, Sergio

Abstract

We examine whether investing experience can dampen the disposition effect, that is, the fact that investors seem to hold on to their losing stocks to a greater extent than they hold on to their winning stocks. To do so, we devise a computer program that simulates the stock market. We use the program in an experiment with two groups of subjects, namely experienced investors and undergraduate students (the inexperienced investors). As a control procedure, we consider random trade decisions made by robot subjects. We find that though both human subjects show the disposition effect, the more experienced investors are less affected.

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  • Da Costa, Newton & Goulart, Marco & Cupertino, Cesar & Macedo, Jurandir & Da Silva, Sergio, 2013. "The disposition effect and investor experience," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 1669-1675.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:37:y:2013:i:5:p:1669-1675
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2012.12.007
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    Keywords

    Disposition effect; Investor experience; Artificial stock market; Framed field experiment;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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