Abstract

This study primarily investigates the risk attitudes of the fifty CNX NIFTY companies from a behavioral perspective as proposed by Kahneman and Tversky (1979) and Tversky and Kahneman (1992). It hypothesizes that for below target returns, a large majority of Indian companies would be risk-seeking, and for above target returns, most of them would be risk-averse. To fulfil its objectives, this study uses rates of return on assets and equity and the capital ratios of fifty CNX NIFTY companies over the period 2009-2013. It also uses Kendall’s (1938) test to measure the correlations between above variables within the relevant groups (all companies and each sub group [under Size and Industry]). Results show that bigger and smaller Indian companies and their managers are mostly risk-seeking and risk-averse respectively and shareholders-centric in regard to their attitude. These results will have important implications for the Indian companies and managers in evaluating their risk attitudes from the behavioral perspective.

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