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Comparing behavioural heterogeneity across asset classes

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  • Saskia ter Ellen

    (Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway))

  • Cars H. Hommes

    (University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)

  • Remco C.J. Zwinkels

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)

Abstract

We estimate a generic agent-based model in which agents have heterogeneous beliefs about the future price to see to what extent behaviour differs across assets, and what this implies for market stability. We find evidence for behavioural heterogeneity for all asset classes, except for equities. Heterogeneity is especially pronounced for macro-economic variables. Agents update their beliefs frequently in financial markets, and only gradually in the case of macro-economic variables. Consequently, we find that the probability of behavioural bubbles is substantially higher for the macro-economic variables than for financial assets.

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  • Saskia ter Ellen & Cars H. Hommes & Remco C.J. Zwinkels, 2017. "Comparing behavioural heterogeneity across asset classes," Working Paper 2017/12, Norges Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:bno:worpap:2017_12
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    Keywords

    financial markets; heterogeneous expectations; market stability;

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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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