This course discusses investors’ systematic deviations from the level of financial rationality assumed by modern financial theory. Such biased behavior can lead to market inefficiencies, market opportunities and market failure. After a brief introduction to the topic and its research history, the course focuses on the limits to arbitrage created by decision bias, the equity premium puzzle, market over-reaction and under-reaction. The course seeks to understand how and where opportunities for and threats to wealth accumulation exist as a result of the mismatch between investor behavior and the algorithmic assumptions about investment behavior inherent in financial theory.
Prerequisite: FRE 6023 and Graduate Standing.
Additional material: FRE6451_Syllabus.pdf