Pattern-Based Expectations: International Experimental Evidence and Applications in Financial Economics

38 Pages Posted: 9 May 2008 Last revised: 6 Jul 2010

Date Written: July 6, 2010

Abstract

We study how subjects extrapolate simple patterns in financial time series in order to develop a descriptive model of actual agent behavior. The laboratory experiment for this analysis was conducted in both Germany and Japan. Statistical analyses indicate considerable similarity in expectations formation across cultures and document that agents’ expectations are at variance with the notion of standard trend extrapolation. The paper then proposes a method for computing expectations for any economic time series based on the experimental data. Such pattern-based expectations are shown to explain stock prices and the dynamics of the forward discount on the foreign exchange market.

Keywords: Pattern extrapolation, behavioral model of expectations, experimental economics, stock price determination, forward discount on the foreign exchange market

JEL Classification: D840, C910, F310, G120

Suggested Citation

Rötheli, Tobias F., Pattern-Based Expectations: International Experimental Evidence and Applications in Financial Economics (July 6, 2010). Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1131285

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