Bursting Bubbles: Linking Experimental Financial Market Results to Field Market Data
28 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2006
Date Written: August 2006
The laboratory, where variables can be measured and controlled, is perhaps the most efficient place to test scientific theory, yet in general, empirical financial research neglects experimental finance results. We link laboratory findings to real world, or field, data, applying the Smith, Suchanek and Williams (1988) experimental market model to Australian stock exchange data. We introduce modifications that improve the model's fit to field market conditions. The experimental model is a reliable predictor of field market bubble bursts in more than 50% of the cases we test, and our modifications improve the performance to 77% of the cases. Our results suggest that experimental financial market results should be accorded more attention in empirical research.
Keywords: Experimental Finance, Asset Price Bubbles, Order Imbalance
JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14
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