Public Information and Capital Flows: Evidence from a Betting Market
37 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021
Date Written: June 11, 2021
Using a shock to transparency in a parimutuel betting market, we show that capital flows increase in public information even in markets with largely risk-seeking participants. The evidence indicates that capital allocation decisions are partly a function of behavioral mechanisms such as the illusion of control. More broadly, our results suggest transparency can facilitate gambling behavior, a result with implications for the many settings in which decision-makers are not globally risk averse but rather exhibit local risk-seeking behavior. Our findings also inform policy debate on whether and how to use transparency to address speculative flows in financial markets.
Keywords: transparency, public information, capital flows, gambling, illusion of control, market efficiency
JEL Classification: D80, G02, G14, M41, Z23
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