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The Hirshleifer Effect in a Dynamic Setting

59 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2015 Last revised: 31 May 2017

Thomas Andreas Maurer

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Ngoc-Khanh Tran

Washington University in Saint Louis - John M. Olin Business School

Date Written: November 7, 2016

Abstract

We characterize a prominent tradeoff in the timing of public information releases in dynamic competitive economies populated by heterogeneous agents. While early information releases improve the consumption smoothing, they also reduce risk sharing incentives ex-ante. When either financial markets are under-developed to reap risk sharing potentials, or agents perceive large consumption smoothing benefits, early information releases are universally desirable to all agents, and vice versa. We analytically establish sufficient conditions to quantify these intuitions, and shed new light on the Hirshleifer effect of the information-based welfare reduction from a broader economic perspective incorporating intertemporal dynamics, market availabilities and heterogeneous agents.

Keywords: Hirshleifer Effect, Disagreement, Welfare Value of Information, Incomplete Markets

JEL Classification: D80, G14, D51

Suggested Citation

Maurer, Thomas Andreas and Tran, Ngoc-Khanh, The Hirshleifer Effect in a Dynamic Setting (November 7, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2596309 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2596309

Thomas Andreas Maurer

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

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Ngoc-Khanh Tran (Contact Author)

Washington University in Saint Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

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St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

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