Financial Market Analysis Can Go Mad (in the search for irrational behaviour during the South Sea Bubble)
AbstractAn investigation into the legal and political history of South Sea Company subscription finance shows that the subscription contracts had default options built into them, as was typically the case in eighteenth-century subscription financing. Company records and contemporary pamphlet literature show that people understood the subscription finance mechanics that were stated in law. A fair presentation of South Sea share value data also supports this view. We thus conclude that the analyses published in this Review by Dale, Johnson and Tang were irretrievably flawed and present a substantially incorrect history of the markets for South Sea shares.
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South Sea Company; Royal African Company; Financial Revolution; Bubble Act; subscription shares; options markets.;
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