Economics at your fingertips  

Social interaction at work

Hans Hvide and Per Östberg

Journal of Financial Economics, 2015, vol. 117, issue 3, 628-652

Abstract: Stock market investment decisions of individuals are positively correlated with those of coworkers. Sorting of unobservably similar individuals to the same workplaces is unlikely to explain this pattern, as evidenced by the investment behavior of individuals who move between plants. Purchases made under stronger coworker purchase activity are not associated with higher returns. Moreover, social interaction appears to drive the purchase of within-industry stocks. Overall, we find a strong influence of coworkers on investment choices, but not an influence that improves the quality of investment decisions.

Keywords: Individual investors; Peer effects; Social interaction; Investment decisions; Stock selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D14 G02 G11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Financial Economics is currently edited by G. William Schwert

More articles in Journal of Financial Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

Page updated 2019-04-08
Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinec:v:117:y:2015:i:3:p:628-652