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Chasing Noise

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  • Brock Mendel
  • Andrei Shleifer

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We present a simple model in which rational but uninformed traders occasionally chase noise as if it were information, thereby amplifying sentiment shocks and moving prices away from fundamental values. In the model, noise traders can have an impact on market equilibrium disproportionate to their size in the market. The model offers a partial explanation for the surprisingly low market price of financial risk in the spring of 2007. Copyright 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • Brock Mendel & Andrei Shleifer, "undated". "Chasing Noise," Working Paper 19517, Harvard University OpenScholar.
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    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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