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Rate of Return Parity in Experimental Asset Markets

  • Jason Childs
  • Stuart Mestelman

This paper applies experimental methods to evaluate the completeness of arbitrage and rate of return parity in simultaneous asset markets in which the assets are denominated in different currencies. Two assets, which return uncertain, but known, dividends in each trading period, are traded over twenty periods, after which the asset has no value. Results indicate that risk neutral rate of return parity is a strong predictor of relative asset prices when assets have common expected dividends and the expected dividends have common variances. The predictive power of risk neutral rate of return parity is reduced as the assets become differentiated.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series McMaster Experimental Economics Laboratory Publications with number 2004-07.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:mceelp:2004-07
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