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An asset pricing model with loss aversion and its stylized facts

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Radu Pruna, Maria Polukarov, Nicholas Jennings

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI)
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2017


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A well-defined agent-based model able to match the widely observed properties of financial assets is valuable for testing the implications of various empirically observed heuristics associated with investors behaviour. In this paper, we extend one of the most successful models in capturing the observed behaviour of traders, and present a new behavioural asset pricing model with heterogeneous agents. Specifically, we introduce a new behavioural bias in the model, loss aversion, and show that it causes a major difference in the agents interactions. As we demonstrate, the resulting dynamics achieve one of the major objectives of the field, replicating a rich set of the stylized facts of financial data. In particular, for the first time our model enables us to match the following empirically observed properties: conditional heavy tails of returns, gains/loss asymmetry, volume power-law and long memory and volume-volatility relations.

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