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MN30509: Behavioural finance

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 40%, EX 60%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before or while taking this module you must take MN20211
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to provide the students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the effects of investor and managerial psychological biases on financial markets and corporate finance decisions.

Learning Outcomes:
Behavioural finance develops current economic analysis of financial markets and corporate finance by considering the impact of human psychology and irrationality (both at the investor and the corporate manager level). At the end of the unit students will be expected to be able to:
* Understand, and discuss, the development from the standard economic theories of financial markets and corporate finance to those embodied in behavioural finance and behavioural corporate finance
* Analyse the psychological biases that can affect investors and corporate managers
* Analyse the differences in the inefficiencies in financial markets and corporate finance that result from psychological biases, compared with those arising from the agency theories of standard corporate finance
* Analyse the effects of investor biases on financial markets and corporate finance decision making
* Analyse the effects of managerial biases on corporate finance decisions, such as investment appraisal, capital structure, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions
* Examine theoretical and empirical models relating to managerial and investor psychological biases.

Numeracy (T/A)
Analytical ability (F/A)
Writing skills (A)
Time management (F/A) Content:The course will be based around the following textbooks:
* "Behavioral Finance: Psychology, Decision-Making, and Markets," by Lucy Ackert and Richard Deaves.
* "Behavioral Corporate Finance: Decisions that Create Value," by Hersh Shefrin..
The content of the course is as follows:
Behavioural Finance (based on Ackert and Deaves)
* Foundations of Finance: EUT, Asset Pricing, Market Efficiency, Agency Relationships.
* Introduction to human psychological biases
* Prospect Theory, Framing, Mental Accounting
* Challenges to Market Efficiency
* Heuristics and Biases and the Implications for Financial Decision Making
* Investor Overconfidence and the Implications for Financial Decision Making
* Individual Investors and the Force of Emotion
* Social Forces and the implications for financial markets
* Behavioural explanations for financial market anomalies
Behavioural Corporate Finance (Ackert and Deaves Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18 and Shefrin's book)
* Managerial Biases
* The effect of managerial and investor biases on investment appraisal decisions
* The effect of managerial and investor biases on Capital Structure decisions
* The effect of managerial and investor biases on dividend decisions
* The effect of managerial and investor biases on merger decisions
The unit will also refer to relevant journal articles.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

MN30509 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)