Does Good Luck Make People Overconfident? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China

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Huasheng Gao

Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University

Donghui Shi

Shanghai Stock Exchange

Bin Zhao

New York University (NYU) - New York University (NYU), Shanghai

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Date Written: November 15, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the changes in households’ trading behavior after winning an IPO allotment in China—a purely luck-driven event. We find that these households subsequently become overconfident: they trade more frequently and lose more money relative to other households. This effect is stronger when households are inexperienced and when households’ pre-existing level of overconfidence is low. Our findings are not explained by wealth effects or house money effects. Overall, our evidence indicates that the experience of good luck makes people overconfident about their prospects.

Keywords: Good Luck; Turnover Rate; Trading; Overconfidence; IPO Subscription

JEL Classification: G02; G11

Suggested Citation

Gao, Huasheng and Shi, Donghui and Zhao, Bin, Does Good Luck Make People Overconfident? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China (November 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3287489

Huasheng Gao

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Donghui Shi

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New York University (NYU) - New York University (NYU), Shanghai ( email )

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