Examining the association between personality traits and stock market participation - Evidence from Finnish university students

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.author Jouhikainen, Hannes
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T11:23:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T11:23:30Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/432
dc.description.abstract PURPOSE OF THE STUDY This study is the first to assess whether personality traits act as a way to explain limited stock market participation of private investors. In the study, personality is measured in terms of the Big Five personality trait indicator, which is the most commonly utilized method to conceptualize personality trait differences in academic studies. On a broader level, the evidence gained on the relation between personality and stock market participation helps shed light on the reasons behind the equity premium puzzle. DATA The data for the study consists of 771 responses gathered from Finnish university students during spring 2010 via a questionnaire. This questionnaire combines the Big Five Inventory (BFI) questionnaire of John and Srivastava (1999) with a modified version of the background variable part that Luotonen (2010) used in studying the relation between personal values and stock market participation. RESULTS The results contribute to research on two fronts. On the one hand, they provide moderate support for the hypothesized relevance of personality traits as explanatory factors behind stock market participation. If examining only the Big Five traits, extraversion is positively associated with stock market participation, and agreeableness, neuroticism, and openness are negatively associated. However, when a full set of control variables is included, only extraversion retains statistical significance, if ignoring first-year students from the sample. It is also found that those scoring lower on agreeableness are more likely to report non-interest in stocks as a reason for non-participation. In addition to these findings, the results also provide indicative support for the hypothesis that the impact of personality traits on investing increases with higher levels of investment vehicle sophistication. Besides being academically significant, the results motivate the consideration of prospective investors’ personality traits by practitioners such as mutual fund managers especially when segmenting their customer base and designing marketing campaigns promoting financial products. en
dc.format.extent 101
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Examining the association between personality traits and stock market participation - Evidence from Finnish university students en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Accounting and Finance en
dc.contributor.department Laskentatoimen ja rahoituksen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword investor psychology
dc.subject.keyword equity premium puzzle
dc.subject.keyword limited stock market participation
dc.subject.keyword personality trait
dc.subject.keyword Big Five taxonomy
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201111181344
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Finance en
dc.programme.major Rahoitus fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon rahoitus
dc.subject.helecon financing
dc.subject.helecon psykologia
dc.subject.helecon psychology
dc.subject.helecon behavioral finance
dc.subject.helecon behavioral finance
dc.subject.helecon sijoittajat
dc.subject.helecon investors
dc.ethesisid 12300
dc.date.dateaccepted 2010-06-16
dc.location P1 I

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