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The effect of rating agencies on herd behaviour

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  • Giovanni Ferri

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  • Andrea Morone

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This paper purports to provide some evidence on the effect of rating agencies in financial markets. By means of a laboratory experiment, we investigate the effect and interaction between private and public information. We reached two conclusions: (1) indeed, the rating agency can speed up price convergence, (2) but not always to the fundamental price. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Giovanni Ferri & Andrea Morone, 2014. "The effect of rating agencies on herd behaviour," Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, Springer;Society for Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, vol. 9(1), pages 107-127, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jeicoo:v:9:y:2014:i:1:p:107-127
    DOI: 10.1007/s11403-013-0114-0
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    Keywords

    Herd behaviour; Informational cascades; Rating agency; Bubble; C91; D82; D83;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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