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Opportunity costs in buying and short selling--Do they really matter?

  • Shavit, Tal
  • Rosenboim, Mosi
  • Malul, Miki

The experimental results of the paper reveal that people do not take into consideration opportunity costs or opportunity profits when buying and short selling lottery tickets. These results are inconsistent with basic economic and finance theories.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 112 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 122-124

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