KTTS326 Behavioral Finance (6 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The lecture course gives a systematic treatment of behavioral finance starting from the arguments - limits to arbitrage and investor psychology - on which the approach is based on. Important concepts are heuristics, representativeness, overconfidence, anchoring, mental accounting, and disposition effect. The lecture course gives a thorough treatment of the key theories including the behavioral asset pricing theory by Shefrin and the prospect theory. Discussion of empirical evidence covers option markets, yield curve determination, and behavioral corporate finance in addition to the stock markets.

Completion methods

Lectures, exam.

Spring term, 4th period, lectured on every other year.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the lecture course a student is able to
- understand how behavioral patterns impact asset pricing
- analyze impact of investor sentiment on market behavior
- to apply behavioral models to analyze market behavior


  • Shefrin, H. A Behavioral Approach to Asset Pricing (2nd edition)

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item