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Is there Swissness in investment competence?


Bachmann, Kremena; Hens, Thorsten (2013). Is there Swissness in investment competence? SSRN 2388174, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Based on a large international survey we analyze how German- French- and Italian-speaking Swiss differ in their investment decision behavior and competence as compared to their closest neighbors abroad speaking the same language. Although language may be closer to the individual self than the country of residence, we find that there are greater similarities in the decision behavior of Swiss speaking different languages than between Swiss and their linguistically closest neighbors abroad. These similarities hold also for the investment competence. We conclude that there is Swissness in the decision behavior and in the investment competence, which most likely has cultural origins, as it cannot be explained by demographic and socio-economic similarities between the regional samples.

Abstract

Based on a large international survey we analyze how German- French- and Italian-speaking Swiss differ in their investment decision behavior and competence as compared to their closest neighbors abroad speaking the same language. Although language may be closer to the individual self than the country of residence, we find that there are greater similarities in the decision behavior of Swiss speaking different languages than between Swiss and their linguistically closest neighbors abroad. These similarities hold also for the investment competence. We conclude that there is Swissness in the decision behavior and in the investment competence, which most likely has cultural origins, as it cannot be explained by demographic and socio-economic similarities between the regional samples.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:D10
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:04 Mar 2014 08:35
Last Modified:15 Apr 2016 06:14
Series Name:SSRN
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://ssrn.com/abstract=2388174
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9165

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