Short sale constraints, divergence of opinion and asset prices: Evidence from the laboratory.

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The overvaluation hypothesis (Miller, 1977) predicts that (a) stocks are overvalued in the presence of short selling restrictions and that (b) the overvaluation increases in the degree of divergence of opinion. We design an experiment that allows us to test these predictions in the laboratory. The results indicate that prices are higher with short selling constraints, but the overvaluation does not increase in the degree of divergence of opinion. We further find that trading volume is lower and quoted bid-ask spreads tend to be higher when short sale restrictions are imposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113 - 127
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 502009 Corporate finance

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