Do Women Receive Worse Financial Advice?

Utpal Bhattacharya, Amit Kumar, Sujata Visaria, Jing Zhao

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We arranged for trained undercover men and women to pose as potential clients and visit all 65 local financial advisory firms in Hong Kong. At financial planning firms, but not at securities firms, women were more likely than men to receive advice to buy only individual or only local securities. Women clients who signaled that they were highly confident, highly risk tolerant or had a domestic outlook, were especially likely to receive this suboptimal advice. Our theoretical model explains these patterns as the result of statistical discrimination interacting with advisors’ incentives. Taste-based discrimination is unlikely to explain the results.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusNot published / presented only - Oct 2022
EventFinancial Management Association International. Meeting [FMA Meeting] -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceFinancial Management Association International. Meeting [FMA Meeting]
Period1/01/00 → …


  • audit study
  • gender
  • financial advice
  • securities firm
  • financial planner
  • risk tolerance
  • confidence
  • geographic outlook

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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