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Uninformative announcements and asset trading behavior

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  • Porter, Dave
  • Kujal, Praveen
  • Corgnet, Brice

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Financial markets are overwhelmed by daily announcements. We use experimental asset markets to assess the impact of uninformative communications on asset prices and trading volumes. We deliver uninformative messages in standard experimental asset markets and find that trading volumes and prices are impacted by these messages. In particular, the release of a pre-announced preset message to traders “The price is too high” in predetermined trading periods decreases the amplitude and duration of bubbles. Also, the release of the messages “The price is too high” or “The price is too low” reduces trading volume with inexperienced subjects.

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  • Porter, Dave & Kujal, Praveen & Corgnet, Brice, 2007. "Uninformative announcements and asset trading behavior," UC3M Working papers. Economics we078350, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.
  • Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we078350
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    1. Palan, Stefan, 2010. "Digital options and efficiency in experimental asset markets," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 75(3), pages 506-522, September.

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    Experimental asset markets;

    JEL classification:

    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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