Personality traits and stock market participation
Conlin, Andrew; Kyröläinen, Petri; Kaakinen, Marika; Järvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Perttunen, Jukka; Svento, Rauli (2015-06-25)
Andrew Conlin, Petri Kyröläinen, Marika Kaakinen, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Jukka Perttunen, Rauli Svento, Personality traits and stock market participation, Journal of Empirical Finance, Volume 33, 2015, Pages 34-50, ISSN 0927-5398, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jempfin.2015.06.001
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We analyze the relationship between personality traits and stock market participation. Our sample comes from combining personality trait scores and socioeconomic status information from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 with data from Finnish Central Securities Depository, the official register of stock holdings in Finland. We find the traits, and especially the subscales of the traits, to be significant predictors of stock market participation. In particular, exploratory excitability, extravagance, sentimentality, and dependence have large effects. One-standard-deviation changes in the subscale scores have marginal effects of up to 4 percentage points on the probability of participating in the stock market.
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