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An experimental examination of the house money effect in a multi-period setting

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  • Lucy Ackert
  • Narat Charupat
  • Bryan Church
  • Richard Deaves

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There is evidence that risk-taking behavior is influenced by prior monetary gains and losses. When endowed with house money, people become more risk taking. This paper is the first to report a house money effect in a dynamic, financial setting. Using an experimental method, we compare market outcomes across sessions that differ in the level of cash endowment (low and high). Our experimental results provide support for a house money effect. Traders’ bids, price predictions, and market prices are influenced by the amount of money that is provided prior to trading. However, dynamic behavior is difficult to interpret due to conflicting influences. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • Lucy Ackert & Narat Charupat & Bryan Church & Richard Deaves, 2006. "An experimental examination of the house money effect in a multi-period setting," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 9(1), pages 5-16, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:9:y:2006:i:1:p:5-16
    DOI: 10.1007/s10683-006-1467-1
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