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Emotions and chat in a financial markets experiment

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  • Shaun Hargreaves Heap

    (University of East Anglia)

  • Daniel John Zizzo

    (University of East Anglia)

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This paper examines experimentally two common conjectures in the popular literature on financial markets: that they are swayed by emotion and that they behave like a 'crowd'. We find consistent evidence that deviations of prices from fundamental value depend on the emotion of excitement and on the presence of independently identified ‘irrational’ traders. Other than through 'irrational' traders, there is no evidence, however, that non-price communication ('chat') influences prices. Subjects with an economics background make better traders.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. in its series Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) with number 11-11.

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Keywords: Asset bubbles; cheap talk; emotions; noise traders; behavioral finance;

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Cited by:
  1. Adriana Breaban & Charles N. Noussair, 2013. "Emotional State and Market Behavior," Working Papers 2013/08, Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain).
  2. Steven Tucker & Charles Noussair & Charles N. Noussair & Steven Tucker, 2013. "Experimental Research On Asset Pricing," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(3), pages 554-569, 07.

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