Stock market expectations and risk aversion of individual investors

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    Abstract

    We study the relationship between stock market return expectations and risk aversion of individuals and test whether the joint effects arising from the interaction of these two variables affect investment decisions. Using data from the Dutch National Bank Household Survey, we find that higher risk aversion is associated with lower stock market expectations. We identify significant and negative effects on the probability that individuals invest in stocks arising from the interaction between stock market expectations and risk aversion. These effects are in addition to a significant and positive impact from stock market return expectations as well as a significant and negative effect from risk aversion separately. However, once individuals participate in the stock market, their stock market expectations alone remain significant in determining their portfolio allocation decisions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)122 - 131
    Number of pages10
    JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
    Volume40
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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