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Overweighting of public information in financial markets: A lesson from the lab


  • Ruiz-Buforn, Alba
  • Camacho-Cuena, Eva
  • Morone, Andrea
  • Alfarano, Simone


We experimentally study the information aggregation process in a laboratory financial market when a public signal is released. The public disclosure crowds out information demand and reduces price informativeness. The latter effect is primarily caused by the overweighting of public information into prices. We are the first in providing evidence that strategic pricing concerns trigger the overweighting effect and the consequent market overreaction to public disclosures. From an economic policy perspective, we give support that, when deciding their communication strategy, the regulator can mitigate the market overreaction by properly setting the level of information transparency.

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  • Ruiz-Buforn, Alba & Camacho-Cuena, Eva & Morone, Andrea & Alfarano, Simone, 2020. "Overweighting of public information in financial markets: A lesson from the lab," MPRA Paper 98472, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:98472

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    Experimental asset markets; public information; information acquisition; asymmetric information;

    JEL classification:

    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading


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