Evaluation Periods and Asset Prices in a Market Experiment

Posted: 13 Oct 2003

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Uri Gneezy

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management

Arie Kapteyn

Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research - University of Southern California; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Johannes (Jan) J. M. Potters

Tilburg University - CentER

Abstract

We test whether the frequency of feedback information about the performance of an investment portfolio and the flexibility with which the investor can change the portfolio influence her risk attitude in markets. In line with the prediction of myopic loss aversion (Benartzi and Thaler (1995)), we find that more information and more flexibility result in less risk taking. Market prices of risky assets are significantly higher if feedback frequency and decision flexibility are reduced. This result supports the findings from individual decision making, and shows that market interactions do not eliminate such behavior or its consequences for prices.

Suggested Citation

Gneezy, Uri and Kapteyn, Arie and Potters, Johannes (Jan) J. M., Evaluation Periods and Asset Prices in a Market Experiment. Journal of Finance, Vol. 58, pp. 821-838, April 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416666

Uri Gneezy (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management ( email )

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Arie Kapteyn

Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research - University of Southern California ( email )

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Johannes (Jan) J. M. Potters

Tilburg University - CentER ( email )

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Netherlands
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