Optimists, Pessimists and Stock Prices


Event details

Date 24.05.2024
Hour 11:4513:00
Speaker Kent Daniel - Columbia Business School
UniL Campus, Room Extra 126
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

We review the academic findings from psychology and economics on disagreement, and specifically on the effect of disagreement on asset prices. We discuss measurement of disagreement, and how disagreement coupled with constraints on short selling can sideline pessimistic investors and result in overpricing.
We review the literature on the short-selling in financial markets, paying particular attention to how and why some issues become “hard-to-borrow”, what factors go into the determination of borrowing-costs, and discuss the evolution of borrow costs over the last several decades. We show how an examination of the prices and borrow costs for constrained stocks can lead to an improved understanding of how disagreement in financial markets arises and is resolved, and finally discuss directions for future research.