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Institutional investor behavioral biases: syntheses of theory and evidence

Zamri Ahmad, Haslindar Ibrahim and Jasman Tuyon

Management Research Review, 2017, vol. 40, issue 5, 578-603

Abstract: Purpose - This paper aims to review the theory and empirical evidence of institutional investor behavioral biases in the lenses of behavioral finance paradigm. It surveys the research specifically focusing on behavioral biases among institutional investors in investment management activities worldwide. Design/methodology/approach - A literature survey is done to gather and synthesize evidence on behavioral biases of institutional investors. Findings - The survey and analysis reveal the following findings. First, the theoretical underpinning of investors’ irrational behavior has been neglected in behavioral finance research. Second, the behavioral heuristics and biases are dynamic and complex. Third, understanding behavioral biases’ origin, causes and effects requires interdisciplinary perspectives from the fields of psychology, sociology and biology. Originality/value - The analysis and alternative perspectives drawn in this paper provide new insights into the field of behavioral finance and aims to suggest researchers, practitioners and regulators on the next course of actions.

Keywords: Behavioral finance; Institutional investors; Irrationality; Affective biases; Cognitive heuristics; Market behaviour (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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