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Attention and biases: evidence from tax-inattentive investors

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  • Birru, Justin
  • Chague, Fernando
  • De-Losso, Rodrigo
  • Giovannetti, Bruno Cara

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Using bunching induced by a policy notch for identfication, wefirst provide evidence of investor inattention to a very simple and well-known capital-gains tax exemption in the Brazilian stock market. We then show that tax-inattentive investors exhibit stronger behavioral biases and worse trading performance, even after controlling for several investor-level variables such as trading experience, observed performance, financial sophistication, age, and occupation. This is consistent with inattention being a common source of behavioral biases.

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  • Birru, Justin & Chague, Fernando & De-Losso, Rodrigo & Giovannetti, Bruno Cara, 2020. "Attention and biases: evidence from tax-inattentive investors," Textos para discussão 523, FGV EESP - Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil).
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    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
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