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FDI, Terrorism and the Availability Heuristic for U.S. Investors before and after 9/11

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  • J. W.B. BOS
  • M. FRÖMMEL
  • M. LAMERS

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We record the existence of an availability heuristic that is reflected in disaster myopia of U.S. investors and exists prior to the attacks of 9/11. We argue that this is fueled by an aggregate experience hypothesis effect, resulting in a pronounced increase in the sensitivity of U.S. stock prices to terrorist attacks on foreign soil. After 9/11, stock prices react proportionally to the size of an attack and the share of FDI stock held in the region by the sector in which firms operate. This effect, non-existent prior to 2002, has become increasingly strong in recent years.

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  • J. W.B. Bos & M. Frömmel & M. Lamers, 2013. "FDI, Terrorism and the Availability Heuristic for U.S. Investors before and after 9/11," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 13/850, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    Keywords

    Terrorism; Foreign Direct Investment; Availability heuristic; Experience Hypothesis.;
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    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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