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Ngangoue, M. Kathleen; Weizsäcker, Georg (2018): Learning From Unrealized versus Realized Prices. Collaborative Research Center Transregio 190, Discussion Paper No. 66


Our experiments investigate the extent to which traders learn from the price, differentiating between situations where orders are submitted before versus after the price has realized. In simultaneous markets with bids that are conditional on the price, traders neglect the information conveyed by the hypothetical value of the price. In sequential markets where the price is known prior to the bid submission, traders react to price to an extent that is roughly consistent with the benchmark theory. The difference's robustness to a number of variations provides insights about the drivers of this effect.