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Probability Judgment Error and Speculation in Laboratory Asset Market Bubbles
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  • Lucy F. Ackert, Kennesaw State University and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Narat Charupat
  • Richard Deaves, McMaster University
  • Brian D. Kluger, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
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In 12 sessions conducted in a typical bubble-generating experimental environment, we design a pair of assets that can detect both irrationality and speculative behavior. The specific form of irrationality we investigate is the probability judgment error associated with low-probability, high-payoff outcomes. Independently, we test for speculation by comparing prices of identically paying assets in multiperiod versus single-period markets. We establish that aggregate irrationality measured in one dimension (probability judgment error) is associated with aggregate irrationality measured in another (bubble formation).
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Ackert, Lucy F., Narat Charupat, Richard Deaves, and Brian D. Kluger (2009). "Probability Judgment Error and Speculation in Laboratory Asset Market Bubbles." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 44, pp 719-744.