Do Investors Herd Intraday in the Australian Equities Market?
38 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2004
Date Written: December 2003
Herding among investors is a popular behavioral explanation for the excess variability and short-term trends observed in financial markets. Most empirical studies, however, fail to find evidence of herding in spite of testing a variety of theoretical models. One excuse for this failure is the coarse data frequencies employed. Using a high frequency intraday dataset from the Australian equities market, we find little evidence for market-wide or industry sector herding. Even in extreme market conditions, participants appear to discriminate between different securities, as predicted by the rational asset pricing paradigm.
Keywords: Herding, behavioral finance, excess volatility
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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