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Risk aversion and herd behavior in financial markets

  • LOVO, Stefano
  • DECAMPS, Jean-Paul

    (GREMAQ-IDEI Universite de Toulouse)

We show that differences in investors risk aversion can generate herd behavior in stock markets where assets are traded sequentially. This in turn prevents markets from being efficient in the sense that financial market prices do not converge to the asset's fundamental value. The informational efficiency of the market depends on the distribution of the risky asset across risk averse agents. These results are obtained without introducing multidimensional uncertainty.

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Paper provided by HEC Paris in its series Les Cahiers de Recherche with number 758.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 14 May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:0758
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