During Behavioural Accounting Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Prof Tan from NTU addressed shocking information: “Most of accounting, economics, and management scholars have wrong conclusion in behavioural research because most of them never take any formal education of psychology”. Indeed, I do agree with that. Most papers in behavioural economics hanged the conclusion up to addressing the results. No further elaboration with psychology perspective. For example is the Role of full moon on investor behaviour. Rarely found a paper elaborate the findings with Forgas Affect Infusion Model or the Somatic Marker or other psychology literature. It just reported there is an effect of full moon on investor behaviour. That’s all. No robust discussion.
Interestingly, I found a working paper of Matthew Rabin entitled “A Perspective on Psychology and Economics”. The flow is very interesting. It starts with the potential of behavioural economics in the future, then the unrealistic assumption in mainstream economics where behavioural economics tries to fill in, and how we can use psychology to fill in the unrealistic economics assumption. Here is the review. Continue reading