Craving for Money? Empirical Evidence from the Laboratory and the Field
94 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2020 Last revised: 16 Aug 2021
Date Written: August 15, 2021
In a series of controlled laboratory experiments, we provide evidence for "Craving by Design" (CbD) hypothesis, where people knowingly expose themselves to negative tail risk due to craving for monetary gains. We then document the "cheap call selling anomaly:" selling calls priced below $1 has consistently delivered negative long-term returns and negative skew, which is puzzling when viewed from the prevailing body of knowledge alone, though expected when the latter is augmented with CbD hypothesis. These findings bring novel insights into the topic of limited self-control, the issue of problem gambling in recreational gamblers, and the motivations underlying investor decisions.
Keywords: Decision making under risk and uncertainty, Self-Control, Craving, Gambling
JEL Classification: C91, D87, G41
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