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Framing Effects, Selective Information and Market Behavior ­ An Experimental Analysis ­

  • Erich Kirchler
  • Boris Maciejovsky

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  • Martin Weber

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The results of an asset market experiment, in which 64 subjects trade two assets on eight markets in a computerized continuous double auction, indicate that objectively irrelevant information influences trading behavior. Moreover, positively and negatively framed information leads to a particular trading pattern, but leaves trading prices and trading volume unaVected. In addition, we provide support for the disposition eVect. Participants who experience a gain sell their assets more rapidly than participants who experience a loss, and positively framed subjects generally sell their assets later than negatively framed subjects.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2004-16.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2004-16
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