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Behavioral and Social Finance & Accounting

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Mission Statement


The “behavioral” paradigm has been pervading the different facets of research in the fields of economics and business studies for many years. What all research projects have in common is the analysis of biased economic decisions that lead to a deviation from rational behaviour. For this purpose, researchers revert to results from psychology that offer valuable findings for the measurement and origin of perceptions mistakes. However, besides sentimental perceptions and individual emotions, broader societal trends have an impact on decision-making as well. Moral concepts, culture, language, religion, and ideologies evolve in larger groups of people and influence their decisions. Even (social) networks can initiate and carry on sentiments within groups and can thus be relevant decision-making factors.

Based on the existing research studies the section “Behavioral and Social Finance & Accounting” analyses relevant issues in the field of Finance & Accounting via behavioral research methods and amplifies them by findings regarding the evolving “social” paradigm. This novel focus of research methods on behavioural and social paradigms requires and promotes close collective research between scientists of economics and business studies, sociology and psychology. Therefore, the section jointly composes of researchers of economics and business studies as well as of sociology. 

The GGS section “Behavioral and Social Finance & Accounting” pools its research activities in regular brown bag lecture series and offers an own working paper series as outlet for research papers.


BFGA Conference


The Behavioral and Social Finance & Accounting Research Section will host the fourth Behavioral Research in Finance, Governance and Accounting Conference on November 10-11, 2022. This year's conference is the annual conference of the GGS as well. More information on previous conferences can be found via Past BFGA Conferences.


BSFA Working Paper Series


The research section "Behavioral and Social Finance & Accounting" launches a new digital working paper series that presents the current research of the participating professorships and associated researchers.
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