Belief Dispersion in the Stock Market
57 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2014 Last revised: 18 May 2017
Date Written: May 2017
We develop a dynamic model of belief dispersion with a continuum of investors differing in beliefs. The model is tractable and qualitatively matches many of the empirical regularities in a stock price, its mean return, volatility, and trading volume. We find that the stock price is convex in cash-flow news and increases in belief dispersion, while its mean return decreases when the view on the stock is optimistic, and vice versa when pessimistic. Moreover, belief dispersion leads to a higher stock volatility and trading volume. We demonstrate that otherwise identical two-investor heterogeneous-beliefs economies do not necessarily generate our main results.
Appendix is available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2968432
Keywords: Asset pricing, belief dispersion, heterogeneous beliefs, stock price, mean return, volatility, trading volume, Bayesian learning
JEL Classification: D53, G12
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