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Copy Trading

Jose Apesteguia, Jörg Oechssler and Simon Weidenholzer

No 1048, Working Papers from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: Copy trading allows traders in social networks to receive information on the success of other agents in financial markets and to directly copy their trades. Internet platforms like eToro, ZuluTrade, and Tradeo have attracted millions of users in recent years. The present paper studies the implications of copy trading for the risk taking of investors. Implementing an experimental financial asset market, we show that providing information on the success of others leads to a significant increase in risk taking of subjects. This increase in risk taking is even larger when subjects are provided with the option to directly copy others. We conclude that copy trading reduces ex-ante welfare, and leads to excessive risk taking.

Keywords: copy trading; financial markets; Social Networks; imitation; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D81 G12 G20 G41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp and nep-mst
Date: 2018-07
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