Behavioral & Experimental Finance eJournal
Editor: Victor Ricciardi
Goucher College

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts covering all aspects of behavioral and experimental finance. Its mission is to foster a better understanding of those elements of human psychology, both cognitive (mental) and affective (emotional) that influence the decision making process. The eJournal provides promising new research to the academic and the Wall Street communities that incorporates the methods used in the behavioral disciplines and decision sciences with the ones from Standard Finance, so that decision makers and their judgments can be studied from individual, group, organizational, and market perspectives.

Scholarly research in Behavioral and Experimental Finance strives for greater explanation and insight into finance and investments based on research from the social sciences. For instance, the origins of behavioral finance have a strong theoretical foundation in the fields of experimental and cognitive psychology, sociology, and behavioral economics. The eJournal hopes to foster better decision-making and bridge the gap with other disciplines by investigating how various cognitive processes and emotional factors may hinder or contribute to optimal decision making in finance and related fields with an interdisciplinary perspective including: financial psychology, behavioral accounting, economic psychology, psychological economics, behavioral economics, behavioral law, organizational behavior, and behavioral marketing.

This eJournal presents research on the behaviors and choices of experts, professionals, and novices in various investment and corporate financial settings. The scope of the eJournal includes research that utilizes research methods and new findings from psychological studies to describe the behavior of investors and financial markets. This eJournal includes experimental tests of all standard financial theory as well as conceptual and experimental papers that deal with departures from standard financial theories that assume rational, optimizing individuals. We also welcome working papers and accepted paper abstracts based on strong financial behavioral research methodology, replication studies, case studies, empirical works, book reviews, literature reviews, and survey articles.

Topic areas and specific examples include research in: psychology and finance, stock market psychology, investor behavior, behavioral corporate finance, behavioral public finance, bounded rationality, loss aversion, disposition effect, prospect theory, overconfidence, underconfidence, optimism, the psychology of intuitive judgment (heuristics and biases), limited attention and memory, information overload, optical illusions, Allais paradox, mental accounting, mental mistakes, wishful thinking, risk perception (perceived risk), risk tolerance, emotion (affect), feelings, mood, imagery, cognitive biases, personality traits, socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, regret theory, hindsight bias, tunnel vision, framing, anchoring, representativeness, availability, familiarity bias, home bias, confirmatory bias, cognitive dissonance, groupthink, group polarization, crowd psychology, illusion of control, law of small numbers, self-control, illusion of validity, fads and fashions, learning, fairness, the endowment effect, house money effect, illusion of truth, status quo bias, curse of knowledge, illusion of knowledge, behavioral portfolio theory, overreaction and underreaction, pump and dump, rare events, cascades, bubbles, panics, crashes, manias, greed, window dressing, weather bias, chaos theory, fuzzy logic, herding behavior, behavioral asset pricing, regression (reversion) to the mean, market inefficiencies, arbitrage, noise, market reactions to predictions and announcements, momentum trading and investment strategies, financial organizational irregularities, stock market anomalies, and contrarian investment styles.

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Behavioral & Experimental Finance eJournal Advisory Board
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Editor: Victor Ricciardi
Goucher College


H. Kent Baker

Robert J. Bloomfield

Werner DeBondt

Melissa Finucane

Baruch Fischhoff

David Hirshleifer

Daniel Kahneman

Lisa A. Kramer

Andrew Lo

Ruth H. Lytton

Elton G. McGoun

John R. Nofsinger

Terrance Odean

Edgar E. Peters

Richard L. Peterson

Henry O. Pruden

Hersh M. Shefrin

Andrei Shleifer

Paul Slovic

Meir Statman

Lynn A. Stout

Michal Ann Strahilevitz

Richard H. Thaler

Annette Vissing-Jorgensen

Jeffrey Wurgler

Jason Zweig