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Price Bubbles with Discounting: A Web-Based Classroom Experiment

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  • AJ A. Bostian
  • Charles A. Holt

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The authors describe a Web-based classroom experiment with two assets: cash and a stock that pays a random dividend. The interest rate on cash, coupled with a well-chosen final redemption value for the stock, induces a flat trajectory for the fundamental value of the stock. However, prices typically rise above this value during a session. The bubbles and crashes that occur in this experiment can stimulate a discussion of asset valuation, discounting, and pricing patterns that are determined by expectations and "animal spirits."

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  • AJ A. Bostian & Charles A. Holt, 2009. "Price Bubbles with Discounting: A Web-Based Classroom Experiment," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(1), pages 27-37, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:40:y:2009:i:1:p:27-37 DOI: 10.3200/JECE.40.1.027-037
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