Presidential Address: Social Transmission Bias in Economics and Finance

70 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2020 Last revised: 10 Sep 2020

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David A. Hirshleifer

University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business; NBER

Date Written: March 12, 2020

Abstract

I discuss a new intellectual paradigm, social economics and finance: the study of the social processes that shape economic thinking and behavior. This emerging field recognizes that people observe and talk to each other. A key, underexploited building block of social economics and finance is social transmission bias: a systematic directional shift in signals or ideas in social transactions. I use five “fables” (models) to illustrate the novelty and scope of the transmission bias approach, and offer several emergent themes. For example, social transmission bias compounds recursively, which can help explain booms, bubbles, return anomalies, and swings in economic sentiment.




Presentation Slides: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3513210

Transcript of the talk with integrated slides: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3513201


Keywords: Social Transmission Bias, Social Economics, Social Finance, Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Finance, Social Networks, Social Learning, Information Percolation, Biased Percolation, Epidemiology, Visibility Bias, Self-Enhancing Transmission Bias

JEL Classification: A10, D03, D1, D21, D60, D84, D85, D91, G00, G02, G1, G11, G12, G14, G3, K00, M2, M21, M4, Z1, Z10, Z

Suggested Citation

Hirshleifer, David A., Presidential Address: Social Transmission Bias in Economics and Finance (March 12, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3550880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3550880

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