FIN41320 Behavioural Finance

Academic Year 2020/2021

Behavioural Finance applies the theoretical and experimental methodologies and results of the cognitive sciences to questions concerning the ways in which individuals actually make financial decisions, in contrast to the traditional idealized economic models of choice behaviour. It also considers the impact of various individual psychological phenomena on aggregate market behaviour, addressing issues such as market efficiency and financial crises.

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Learning Outcomes:

Be aware of the various heuristics and biases affecting individual decision making, and their potential impact on economic and financial decisions. Be aware of the contributions from the various branches of cognitive science to behavioural finance, and many of the outstanding issues concerning the theories and experimantal evidence of those disciplines. Be aware of the objections to behavioural finance raised by the rational analysis of behaviour.

Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




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