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Flat Bubbles in Long-Horizon Experiments: Results from two Market Conditions


  • Tomoe Hoshihata
  • Ryuichiro Ishikawa

    (University of Tsukuba)

  • Nobuyuki Hanaki

    (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

  • Eizo Akiyama

    (University of Tsukuba, Japan)


We report the results of asset market experiments with a long horizon of 100 periods conducted under two market conditions: call markets and continuous double auctions. In both market formats, we observe flat bubbles, i.e., situations where market prices remain steady while fundamental values decrease as the experiments proceed, as well as multiple bubbles. We confirm the stylized facts found in short-horizon experimental asset markets such as bubble-crash price dynamics, and the similarity of the price dynamics between call markets and continuous double auctions. We also examine the relationship between individual trading performance and cognitive ability.

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  • Tomoe Hoshihata & Ryuichiro Ishikawa & Nobuyuki Hanaki & Eizo Akiyama, 2017. "Flat Bubbles in Long-Horizon Experiments: Results from two Market Conditions," GREDEG Working Papers 2017-32, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), Université Côte d'Azur, France.
  • Handle: RePEc:gre:wpaper:2017-32

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    1. Anita Kopanyi-Peuker & Matthias Weber, 2018. "Experience Does not Eliminate Bubbles: Experimental Evidence," Working Papers on Finance 1822, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.

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    Experimental asset markets; call markets; continuous double auctions; long horizon; multiple bubbles; cognitive reflection test;

    JEL classification:

    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations

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