Price Volatility and Investor Behavior in an Overlapping-Generations Model With Information Asymmetry
48 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2007 Last revised: 10 Dec 2013
This paper studies an overlapping-generations model with multiple securities and heterogeneously informed agents. The model produces multiple equilibria, including highly volatile equilibria that can exhibit strong or weak correlations between asset returns--even when asset supplies and future dividends are uncorrelated across assets. Less informed agents rationally behave like trend-followers, while better informed agents follow contrarian strategies. Trading volume has a hump-shaped relation with information precision and is positively correlated with absolute price changes. Accurate information increases the stock-return volatility and correlation in the highly volatile, strongly correlated equilibrium.
Keywords: overlapping generations, noisy rational expectations equilibrium, excessive volatility, comovement, trend-following behavior, contrarians
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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