Anomalies in Financial Economics: Blueprint for Change?

1986| Working Paper No. 862

This paper examines the case for major changes inn the behavioral assumptions underlying economic models, based on apparent anomalies in financial economics. Arguments for such changes based on claims of “excess volatility” in stock prices appear flawed for two main reasons: there are serious questions as to whether the phenomenon exists in the first place; and even if it did exist, whether radical change in behavioral assumptions is the best avenue for current research. The paper also examines other apparent anomalies, and suggests conditions under which such behavioral changes are more or less likely to be adopted.