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On the determinants of portfolio choice


  • Frijns, Bart
  • Koellen, Esther
  • Lehnert, Thorsten


This paper jointly analyzes traditional and behavioral concepts in a simple experimental setting which allows for the assessment of the relative importance of each factor and their joint behavior. Various hypotheses are tested in three portfolio choice models. Markowitz [Markowitz, H., 1952. Portfolio selection. Journal of Finance 7, 77-92] findings are analyzed and extended by behavioral concepts and socio-demographic variables. Models are expressed as conjoint choice models represented by a multinomial logit model. Data is collected in an experimental setting. We show that the level of the risk-free rate, an individual's risk aversion, market sentiment, self-assessed financial expertise, age and gender are determining factors of portfolio choice.

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  • Frijns, Bart & Koellen, Esther & Lehnert, Thorsten, 2008. "On the determinants of portfolio choice," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 373-386, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:66:y:2008:i:2:p:373-386

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