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Prediction Markets in Theory and Practice

  • Wolfers, Justin

    ()

    (University of Michigan)

  • Zitzewitz, Eric

    ()

    (Dartmouth College)

Prediction Markets, sometimes referred to as "information markets", "idea futures" or "event futures", are markets where participants trade contracts whose payoffs are tied to a future event, thereby yielding prices that can be interpreted as market-aggregated forecasts. This article summarizes the recent literature on prediction markets, highlighting both theoretical contributions that emphasize the possibility that these markets efficiently aggregate disperse information, and the lessons from empirical applications which show that market-generated forecasts typically outperform most moderately sophisticated benchmarks. Along the way, we highlight areas ripe for future research.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Publication status: published in: Larry Blume and Steven Durlauf (eds), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd ed (London: Palgrave), 2007
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1991
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