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A note on institutional hierarchy and volatility in financial markets

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  • S. Alfarano
  • M. Milakovic
  • M. Raddant

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From a statistical point of view, the prevalence of non-Gaussian distributions in financial returns and their volatilities shows that the Central Limit Theorem (CLT) often does not apply in financial markets. In this article, we take the position that the independence assumption of the CLT is violated by herding tendencies among market participants, and investigate whether a generic probabilistic herding model can reproduce non-Gaussian statistics in systems with a large number of agents. It is well known that the presence of a herding mechanism in the model is not sufficient for non-Gaussian properties, which crucially depend on the details of the communication network among agents. The main contribution of this article is to show that certain hierarchical networks, which portray the institutional structure of fund investment, warrant non-Gaussian properties for any system size and even lead to an increase in system-wide volatility. Viewed from this perspective, the mere existence of financial institutions with socially interacting managers contributes considerably to financial volatility.

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  • S. Alfarano & M. Milakovic & M. Raddant, 2013. "A note on institutional hierarchy and volatility in financial markets," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(6), pages 449-465, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:19:y:2013:i:6:p:449-465
    DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2011.601871
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    • C46 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Specific Distributions
    • E19 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Other
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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