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What can behavioural finance teach us about finance?

Werner DeBondt (De Paul University,Chicago, Illinois, USA)
William Forbes (The Business School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Paul Hamalainen (Essex Business School, University of Essex, Colchester, UK)
Yaz Gulnur Muradoglu (Cass Business School, London, UK)

Qualitative Research in Financial Markets

ISSN: 1755-4179

Article publication date: 13 April 2010



The paper draws on the key themes raised at a Round Table discussion on behavioural finance attended by academics and practitioners. The paper provides a background to the key aims of behavioural finance research and the development of the discipline over time. The purpose of this paper is to indicate some future research issues on behavioural finance that emanate from the financial crisis and highlight areas of mutual benefit to both behavioural finance academics and the finance industry so as to encourage a creative cross‐fertilisation.


The paper draws on a Round Table discussion on behavioural finance that was organized by the Behavioural Finance Working Group, the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and Financial Services Knowledge Transfer Network.


The paper highlights numerous benefits that behavioural finance research can contribute to the financial industry, but at the same time there is an evident discrepancy between the academic and the professional world when it comes to utilising behavioural finance research.

Practical implications

The paper highlights several areas where behavioural finance can contribute significant benefits to a wide array of aspects of the finance industry.

Social implications

The paper seeks to inform behavioural finance issues so as to encourage collaboration between the academic world and finance practitioners. In so doing, the paper aims to encourage a greater awareness of individual decision‐making frames and heuristics and how industry can apply these concepts to improve the allocation of finance products to society.


The paper brings together a wide array of finance professionals and academics to encourage greater collaboration and mutual respect of each others interest in and uses for behavioural finance.



DeBondt, W., Forbes, W., Hamalainen, P. and Gulnur Muradoglu, Y. (2010), "What can behavioural finance teach us about finance?", Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 29-36.



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