Household Search Choice: Theory and Evidence

Yosef Bonaparte and Frank J. Fabozzi
Applied Economics Volume 43, Issue 26, pp. 3835-3847

Since the work by Stigler (1961) on the economics of information in the early 1960s, economists have paid closer attention to the role of search for information. However, search methods are not considered in the theory of portfolio choice. We present a model of investor search behaviour in order to provide a framework by which to evaluate our empirical evidence on the role of search in portfolio selection and performance. We study two types of search methods: informal and professional. We show that the income, wealth and risk preference of households influence their search choice.