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An Experimental Test of the Lucas Asset Pricing Model

  • John Duffy
  • Sean Crockett

We implement a dynamic asset pricing experiment in the spirit of Lucas (1978) with storable assets and non-storable cash. In one treatment we impose diminishing marginal returns to cash to incentivize consumption-smoothing across periods, while in a second treatment there is no induced motive for trade. In the former case subjects smooth consumption, and assets trade at a discount relative to the risk-neutral fundamental price. This under-pricing is a departure from the `bubbles` observed in the experimental asset pricing experiments of Smith et al. (1988). In our second treatment with no induced motive for trade, assets trade at a premium relative to expected value and shareholdings are highly concentrated.

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Paper provided by University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 504.

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Date of creation: Feb 2010
Date of revision: May 2013
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