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

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

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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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  • Shavit, Tal & Rosenboim, Mosi & Malul, Miki, 2011. "Opportunity costs in buying and short selling--Do they really matter?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(1), pages 122-124, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:1:p:122-124
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