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Money Demand and Risk: A Classroom Experiment

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  • Bradley T. Ewing
  • Jamie B. Kruse
  • Mark A. Thompson

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The authors describe a classroom experiment that motivates student understanding of behavior toward risk and its effect on money demand. In this experiment, students are endowed with an income stream that they can allocate between a risk-free fund and a risky fund. Changes in volatility are represented by mean-preserving changes in the variance of the risky fund. When volatility of the risky fund increases, reallocating to the risk-free fund results in an increase in aggregate money demand. By responding to changes in volatility and then observing the aggregate response of their cohort, students gain a better understanding of the concept of money demand, portfolio allocation, and risk.

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  • Bradley T. Ewing & Jamie B. Kruse & Mark A. Thompson, 2004. "Money Demand and Risk: A Classroom Experiment," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(3), pages 243-250, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:35:y:2004:i:3:p:243-250
    DOI: 10.3200/JECE.35.3.243-250
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    1. David T. Mitchell & Robert P. Rebelein & Patricia H. Schneider & Nicole B. Simpson & Eric Fisher, 2009. "A Classroom Experiment on Exchange Rate Determination with Purchasing Power Parity," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(2), pages 150-165, April.
    2. Mitchell, David & Hunsader, Kenneth & Parker, Scott, 2011. "A Futures Trading Experiment: An Active Classroom Approach to Learning," MPRA Paper 56496, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2011.

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