Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance / Edition 1

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The efficient markets hypothesis has been the central proposition in finance for nearly thirty years. It states that securities prices in financial markets must equal fundamental values, either because all investors are rational or because arbitrage eliminates pricing anomalies. This book describes an alternative approach to the study of financial markets: behavioral finance. This approach starts with an observation that the assumptions of investor rationality and perfect arbitrage are overwhelmingly contradicted by both psychological and institutional evidence. In actual financial markets, less than fully rational investors trade against arbitrageurs whose resources are limited by risk aversion, short horizons, and agency problems. The book presents models of such markets. These models explain the available financial data more accurately than the efficient markets hypothesis, and generate new predictions about security prices. By summarizing and expanding the research in behavioral finance, the book builds a new theoretical and empirical foundation for the economic analysis of real-world markets.

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"An excellent academic discussion of [stock mispricing] and other behavioral influences in the stock market."—Jeff Madrick, New York Review of Books

"The only advanced undergraduate or graduate text available on the subject."—Jeffrey Wurgler, Yale School of Management

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198292272
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2000
  • Series: Clarendon Lectures in Economics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 999,507
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrei Shleifer is professor of Economics at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Are Financial Markets Efficient?
Noise Trader Risk in Financial Markets
The Closed-End Fund Puzzle
Professional Arbitrage
A Model of Investor Sentiment
Positive Feedback Investment Strategies
Open Problems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    An introduction to Schleifer's work

    In this book, Professor Schleifer has collected some of his older papers, and given this collection a fashionable title, by making references both to market inefficiency and behavioral finance. The truth is that these references don't make too much sense, since he neither gives an introduction to behavioral finance (the study of how people make decisions under financial uncertainty), nor does he provide the reader with convincing arguments on why markets are inefficient. In chapter 2, he introduces the noise trader hypothesis, based on an article he wrote in the Journal of Finace (JOF) in 1990. The problem with the noise trader hypothesis is that it is hardly a behavioral assumption; specifically it does not explain why people make a biased decision when faced with financial uncertainty. Moreover, the noise trader hypothesis is untestable. In the end, it is just an easy way of getting around some of the existing paradoxes in finance, by assuming that people are stupid - say noisy, in Schleifer's vocabulary. In chapter 4, he is concerned with the 'limits of arbitrage' (the original title of this paper, published in the JOF in 1997). This paper is definitely worth reading to understand the problems with hedge funds and other arbitrageurs. However, linking the limits of arbitrageurs to 'inefficiency of the market' is erroneous. The very fact that arbitrageurs can not take advantage of what they think are mispriced assets, due to collateral constraints (Schleifer's hypothesis), shows that the market is efficient, since no free money is floating around. The other chapters can be criticized in similar ways. E.g. chapter 3 on closed end funds has been criticized by his peers (Merton Miller, a.o.) in the JOF of 1993. Nevertheless, this book is worth reading, since most of the articles Schleifer has written have been influential, placed in their proper context. However, anybody who thinks that he's getting a good introduction to either inefficient market theory or behavioral finance, will feel deceived at the end of this book.

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