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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 147, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 310–335
This paper examines the impact of conservative traders on market efficiency in an evolutionary model of a commodity futures market. This paper shows that the long-run market outcome is informationally efficient, as long as in every period there is a positive probability that entering traders are more conservative than their predecessors. Conservative traders are those who correctly predict the spot price with a positive probability, and more importantly, who in their mistakes err on the side of caution, and rarely overpredict the spot price as buyers, and underpredict the spot price as sellers. This result does not require entry of traders with better information than their predecessors.
This paper examines market efficiency in an evolutionary model of a commodity futures market with a sequential entry of traders. The tradersʼ trading behavior is preprogrammed with the probability of overpredicting, underpredicting and predicting correctly the spot price. The traders do not maximize any objective function. The market constantly redistributes wealth among traders. The traders with more wealth will have more impact on the futures price since the futures price is simply the futures market clearing price. This paper shows that the futures price converges to the spot price, and the long-run market outcome is informationally efficient, as long as in every period there is a positive probability that entering traders are more conservative than their predecessors. Conservative traders are those who correctly predict the spot price with a positive probability, and more importantly, who in their mistakes err on the side of caution, and rarely overpredict the spot price as buyers, and underpredict the spot price as sellers. Importantly, the convergence result does not require entry of traders with better information or forecasting ability than their predecessors. This is in contrast with Luo  and  who uses the similar model framework to the one in this paper. The continuous entry of traders with accurate prediction about the spot price in Luo  and  is the driving force in her model in achieving the market efficiency result. Luo  and  assumes that there is a positive probability (however small) that in each time period an entering trader has a higher probability of predicting correctly the fundamental value than all previously entered traders. The market selection will constantly shift wealth from less informed traders with less accurate beliefs to more informed traders with more accurate beliefs. Consequently, the predictions coming from the more informed traders with more accurate beliefs eventually get reflected in the futures price with greater weight than the predictions from the less informed traders. Eventually, the futures price is driven to the fundamental value. In this paper, conservative traders make correct predictions (not necessarily often) but seldom overbid if they are buyers and seldom underbid if they are sellers. Such traders are conservative in their bids. They are not aggressive nor are they necessarily correct in their bids. Unlike informed traders with accurate beliefs, these conservative tradersʼ information or beliefs are not necessarily more accurate than their trading counterparts. And they are not the most “fit” traders from a Darwinian context in that they do not necessarily accumulate the most wealth. However, their wealth seldom declines and in aggregate they become a dominant force in the market. Since the conservative tradersʼ predictions are sometimes correct (not necessarily often), with a sufficiently large number of the conservative traders, this dominant force will push the market toward the efficient outcome. The idea of market selection in promoting market efficiency through wealth redistribution among all traders has also been addressed in Friedmanʼs  well-known conjecture. It says that noise traders will gradually lose money to the informed traders and consequently, the asset price will eventually be driven to the fundamental value as informed traders dominate the market. Later, Patel, Zeckhauser and Hendricks  place market selection in a behavioral context. In their descriptive discussion, they argue that in case of no rationality requirement on all market participants, natural selection provides pressure to the markets to restore efficiency.2 Here, one can view such conservative traders as loss averse. In the spirit of Benartzi and Thaler , these conservative traders resemble those who have a predominant concern about losses and who are conservative in their trading activities attempting to avoid any potential loss. They embody a central tenet of prospect theory (Kahneman and Tversky ). The market selects attributes exhibiting aversion to negative impacts (here caused by the overprediction of a buyer and the underprediction of a seller). This illustrates the evolutionary survival value of these conservative behavioral attributes in selecting the long-run outcome (see Barrow  and Olsen ). The results are in keeping with the “satisficing” behavior espoused by Simon . Because individuals (investors) are not always capable of solving the optimization problem formulated by rational expectations; or because the optimization is costly to solve due to investorsʼ lack of computational abilities, individuals may choose a strategy that is satisfactory, but not necessarily optimal. The key is not the maximization of wealth or expected utility in each time period; instead, the key is simply survival (see Lo ). In the context of financial markets, while the conservative traders may not be the wealthiest of traders, it is the presence of those traders that guarantees long-run market efficiency.