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The Standard Portfolio Choice Problem in Germany

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  • Breunig, Christoph

    (HU Berlin)

  • Huck, Steffen

    (WZB Berlin and UCL)

  • Schmidt, Tobias

    (QuantCo)

  • Weizsäcker, Georg

    (HU Berlin and DIW Berlin)

Abstract

We study an investment experiment with a representative sample of German households. Respondents invest in a safe asset and a risky asset whose return is tied to the German stock market. Experimental investments correlate with beliefs about stock market returns and exhibit desirable external validity at least in one respect: they predict real-life stock market participation. But many households are unresponsive to an exogenous increase in the risky asset\'s return. The data analysis and a series of additional laboratory experiments suggest that task complexity decreases the responsiveness to incentives. Modifying the safe asset\'s return has a larger effect on behaviour than modifying the risky asset\'s return.

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  • Breunig, Christoph & Huck, Steffen & Schmidt, Tobias & Weizsäcker, Georg, 2019. "The Standard Portfolio Choice Problem in Germany," Rationality and Competition Discussion Paper Series 171, CRC TRR 190 Rationality and Competition.
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    Keywords

    stock market expectations; stock market participation; portfolio choice; financial literacy; complexity;

    JEL classification:

    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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