Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103211
Authors: 
Huck, Steffen
Schmidt, Tobias
Weizsäcker, Georg
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2014-308
Abstract: 
We study an investment experiment conducted with a representative sample of German households. Respondents invest in a safe asset and a risky asset whose return is tied to the German stock market. Experimental investments correlate with beliefs about stock market returns and exhibit desirable external validity: they predict real-life stock market participation. But many households do not significantly react to an exogenous increase in the risky asset's return. The data analysis and analogous laboratory experiments suggest that task complexity decreases the responsiveness to incentives. Modifying the return of the (simpler) safe asset has a larger effect.
Subjects: 
stock market expectations
stock market participation
portfolio choice
artefactual field experiment
financial literacy
JEL: 
D1
D14
D84
G11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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