2013 Unit of Study
The session(s) below are for 2013. For Summer School 2013 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2013).
The University of Sydney session calendar shows exact dates for sessions.
|Offered||Semester 1 and Semester 2|
|Lectures||1x 3hr seminar per week|
|Assessment||Mid-term exam (30%); Group assignment (20%); Final exam (50%)|
|Description||Behavioural finance examines how individual financial decision making and behaviour affect outcomes in financial markets. The subject begins with a review of the foundations of efficient markets, and then draws comparisons between the efficient (\\\'economically rational\\\') market and the less understood but possibly more realistic behavioural (\\\'partially rational\\\' or \\\'irrational\\\') understanding of markets. The philosophy of the subject is that both viewpoints have advantages and each adds something new to our understanding of investor behaviour, both at the level of individual traders and at the level of the market interpreted as a mechanism for aggregating opinion and attitudes to risk.|