Impacts Of Personality On Herding In Financial Decision-Making

Experimental analyses have identified significant tendencies for individuals to follow herd decisions, a finding which has been explained using Bayesian principles of statistical inference. This paper outlines the results from a herding task designed to extend these analyses. Empirically, the authors estimate logistic functions using panel fixed effect estimation techniques to quantify the impact of herd decisions on individuals' decisions about whether or not to buy a financial asset. They confirm that there are statistically significant propensities to herd and that social information about others' decisions has an impact on individuals' decisions.

Provided by: University of Cambridge Topic: CXO Date Added: Jan 2010 Format: PDF

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