Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Feb 22, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024
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AEM 4230 - Behavioral Finance

Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).

Prerequisite: AEM 2240  or equivalent. Enrollment preference given to: Dyson students. Co-meets with AEM 5230 .

L. Jin.

The traditional framework for thinking about financial markets assumes that all market participants are fully rational. The past four decades have seen the emergence of an important new paradigm, behavioral finance, which argues that many financial phenomena are the result of less than fully rational thinking and which draws on psychology to understand the ways in which people are not fully rational. This course provides an introduction to the field. We revisit basic topics in finance from a behavioral finance perspective: topics related to markets (stock market fluctuations, popular investment strategies, bubbles); topics related to investor behavior (poor investment decisions by households); and topics related to corporate finance (security issuance, mergers and acquisitions). A running theme in the course is that knowledge of behavioral finance is essential for anyone who seeks a full understanding of modern financial markets.

Outcome 1: Develop effective communication skills.

Outcome 2: Attain analytic and functional competency in the basic business and economic skills.

Outcome 3: Demonstrate working knowledge of ethics and ability to apply real world settings.

Outcome 4: Develop skills to be critical consumers of business and economic information and research.

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