Disagreement About Fundamentals: Measurement and Consequences
46 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2020 Last revised: 21 Jul 2021
Date Written: January 6, 2020
We propose a measure of disagreement, which reflects differences of opinion as opposed to information asymmetry, that can be extracted from sequences of analyst forecasts. Using a Bayesian theoretical framework, we prove that, when analysts agree, a regression of an analyst's forecast on the previous forecast issued by another analyst should have a slope coefficient of one. The magnitude of the estimated regression coefficient's deviation from one is then employed as a disagreement measure. We validate the measure using tests tied to predicted relations between disagreement and trading volume and bid-ask spreads. Finally, we employ our measure to test for associations between disagreement and expected returns predicted by antecedent theoretical studies.
Keywords: Disagreement, Divergence of Opinion, Expected Returns, Disclosures
JEL Classification: G14, M41
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