Christine Laudenbach, Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

Campus WU Vienna D3.0.225 11:00 - 12:15

Organizer VGSF

As part of the series of the „Finance Research Seminar“, VGSF welcomes Christine Laudenbach from Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE to present her research paper.
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Rethinking the Stock Market Participation Puzzle: A Qualitative Approach

We revisit the ongoing limited stock market participation puzzle leveraging a qualitative research approach that is commonly used in many social sciences, but much less so in finance or economics. In December 2021, we conduct open-ended in-depth interviews of 25 stock market participants and non-participants in Germany, a high-income country with a stock market participation rate of less than 20%. We analyze the interviews to substantiate, extend, and modify our understanding of factors contributing to stock market non-participation. Non-investors perceive non-monetary entry and participation costs to be surprisingly high. Investors agree that investing in the stock market is complex and time-consuming, but differently from non-investors, investors find a way to overcome these costs with the help of family, friends, or financial advisors they trust.

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