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The effect of short-selling of the aggregation of information in an experimental asset market

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  • Vorsatz, Marc
  • Veiga, Helena

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We show by means of a laboratory experiment that the relaxation of short--selling constraints causes the price of both an overvalued and an undervalued asset to decrease. Hence, the aggregation of information by the market price becomes better in case the asset is overvalued but worse if the asset is undervalued. With respect to payoffs, we find that not only uninformed but also some of the imperfectly informed traders suffer from the weakening of short--selling constraints.

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  • Vorsatz, Marc & Veiga, Helena, 2008. "The effect of short-selling of the aggregation of information in an experimental asset market," DES - Working Papers. Statistics and Econometrics. WS ws083808, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Estadística.
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    1. Powell, O.R., 2010. "Essays on experimental bubble markets," Other publications TiSEM b16ad7ae-3741-4f08-8de7-3, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.

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