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A simple note on herd behaviour

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  • Andrea Morone

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  • Eleni Samanidou

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In his "Simple model of herd behaviour", Banerjee (1992) shows that - in a sequential game - if the first two players have chosen the same action, player 3 and all subsequent players will ignore his/her own information and start a herd, an irreversible one. In this paper we analyse the role played by the tie-breaking assumptions in reaching the equilibrium. We showed that: players' strategies are parameter dependent; an incorrect herd could be reversed; a correct herd is irreversible.
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  • Andrea Morone & Eleni Samanidou, 2008. "A simple note on herd behaviour," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 18(5), pages 639-646, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:18:y:2008:i:5:p:639-646
    DOI: 10.1007/s00191-007-0072-6
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    • Andrea Morone & Eleni Samanidou, 2007. "A simple note on Herd Behaviour," SERIES 0013, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza - Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", revised Feb 2007.

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    1. Morone, Andrea & Nuzzo, Simone, 2016. "Do Markets (Institutions) Drive Out Lemmings or Vice Versa?," EconStor Preprints 146917, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
    2. Richard Whittle & Thomas Davies & Matthew Gobey & John Simister, 2014. "Behavioural Economics and House Prices: A Literature Review," Business and Management Horizons, Macrothink Institute, vol. 2(2), pages 15-28, December.
    3. 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.
    4. Morone, Andrea & Sandri, Serena & Fiore, Annamaria, 2009. "On the absorbability of informational cascades in the laboratory," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 38(5), pages 728-738, October.
    5. Morone, Andrea & Nuzzo, Simone, 2015. "Market Efficiency, Trading Institutions and Information Mirages: evidence from an experimental asset market," MPRA Paper 67448, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Herd behaviour; Run; D8;

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    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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