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Herding and Contrarian Behavior in Financial
Markets: An Experimental Analysis



Andreas Park and Daniel Sgroi


We analyze and con rm the existence and extent of rational informational herding and rational informational contrarianism in a financial market experiment, and compare and contrast these with equivalent irrational phenomena. In our study, subjects generally behave according to benchmark rationality. Traders who should herd or be contrarian in theory are the signi cant sources of both within the data. Correcting for subjects who can be identified as less rational increases our ability to predict herding or contrarian behavior considerably.
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