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A Direct Test of Rational Bubbles

  • Friedrich Geiecke
  • Mark Trede

The recent introduction of new derivatives with future dividend payments as underlyings allows to construct a direct test of rational bubbles. We suggest a simple, new method to calculate the fundamental value of stock indices. Using this approach, bubbles become observable. We calculate the time series of the bubble component of the Euro-Stoxx 50 index and investigate its properties. Using a formal hypothesis test we find that the behavior of the bubble is compatible with rationality.

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Paper provided by Center for Quantitative Economics (CQE), University of Muenster in its series CQE Working Papers with number 1310.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cqe:wpaper:1310
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