The Impact of ETF Index Inclusion on Stock Prices
54 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2022 Last revised: 7 May 2023
Date Written: May 24, 2022
We report on a laboratory experiment examining how demand for ETF index products affects the prices and trading volume of assets. We compare an environment where the ETF index includes all assets in a market against an environment where a redundant asset is excluded from the index. We find that (i) subjects place significant value on the ETF index asset beyond the value of its constituent assets; (ii) there is a substantial index premium for included assets; and (iii) the index premium persists even when short-selling is permitted. The price increases of the constituent assets and of the ETF itself suggest that ETF products can distort markets to some degree.
Keywords: index premium, ETFs, experimental finance
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, C92
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