Information and Accuracy in Pricing: Evidence from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Betting Market

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Jason P. Berkowitz

St. John's University - Department of Economics and Finance

Craig A. Depken

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - The Belk College of Business Administration - Department of Economics

John Gandar

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

Date Written: January 14, 2014

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of additional sources of information on the accuracy of pricing in wagering markets. Specifically, this paper tests whether accuracy in the wagering markets for NCAA Division I basketball improves when there are more betting lines available for a given game. The empirical evidence suggests that when additional betting lines are available for a given game the sides line’s accuracy improves. We interpret this as evidence that additional betting lines provide additional avenues for wagers but also additional information to uninformed bettors that helps improve the accuracy of the sides line in its role as a price.

Keywords: market efficiency, security price, betting market

JEL Classification: G13, G14, L83

Suggested Citation

Berkowitz, Jason P. and Depken, Craig A. and Gandar, John, Information and Accuracy in Pricing: Evidence from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Betting Market (January 14, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2024252 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2024252

Jason P. Berkowitz (Contact Author)

St. John's University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

Craig A. Depken

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - The Belk College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

Charlotte, NC 28223
United States

John Gandar

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte ( email )

9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223
United States

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