Forecasting Skills in Experimental Markets: Illusion or Reality?
102 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 8, 2020
Using experimental asset markets, we study the situation of a financial analyst who is trying to infer the fundamental value of an asset by observing the market’s history. We find that such capacity requires both standard cognitive skills (IQ) as well as social and emotional skills. However, forecasters with high emotional skills tend to perform worse when market mispricing is high as they tend to give too much emphasis to the noisy signals from market data. By contrast, forecasters with high social skills perform especially well in markets with high levels of mispricing in which their skills could help them detect possible manipulation attempts. Finally, males outperform females in the forecasting task after controlling for a large number of relevant individual characteristics such as risk attitudes, cognitive skills, emotional intelligence, and personality traits.
Keywords: Forecasting, experimental asset markets, theory of mind, personality traits, cognitive skills
JEL Classification: C92, G17, D91, G41
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