EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

On the Existence and Prevention of Speculative Bubbles

Zeno Enders and Hendrik Hakenes

No 567, Working Papers from University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics

Abstract: We develop a parsimonious model of bubbles based on the assumption of imprecisely known market depth. In a speculative bubble, traders drive the price above its fundamental value in a dynamic way, driven by rational expectations about future price developments. At a previously unknown date, the bubble will endogenously burst. We provide a general condition for the possibility of bubbles depending on the risk-free rate, uncertainty about market depth, and traders’ degree of leverage. This allows us to discuss several policy measures. Bubbles always reduce aggregate welfare. Among others, certain monetary policy rules, minimum leverage ratios, and a correctly implemented Tobin tax can prevent their occurrence. Implemented incorrectly, however, some of these measures backfire and facilitate bubbles.

Keywords: Bubbles; Rational Expectations; Market Depth; Liquidity; Financial Crises; Leveraged Investment; Bonuses; Capital Structure. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-06-18
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-pke
Note: This paper is part of http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/volltextserver/view/schriftenreihen/sr-3.html
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1)

Downloads: (external link)
http://nbn-resolving.de/urn/resolver.pl?urn=urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-170568 Frontdoor page on HeiDOK (text/html)
https://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/volltextserver ... kenes_2014_dp567.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:awi:wpaper:0567

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Gabi Rauscher ( this e-mail address is bad, please contact ).

 
Page updated 2024-05-20
Handle: RePEc:awi:wpaper:0567