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Catch me if you can. Can human observers identify insiders in asset markets?

Thomas Stöckl () and Stefan Palan ()
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Thomas Stöckl: Department Business Administration Online, Management Center Innsbruck

No 2018-01, Working Paper Series, Social and Economic Sciences from Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Karl-Franzens-University Graz

Abstract: Securities regulators around the globe face the challenge of identifying trades based on inside information. We study human observers' ability to identify informed traders and investigate which trading patterns are indicative of informed trading using experimental asset markets. We furthermore test how the behavioral response of informed traders to the threat of detection and punishment impacts observers' detection abilities. We find that market trading data carries information which correlates with informed trading activity. Observers partly succeed in recognizing and using this information to identify in-formed traders.

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Date: 2018-04-03
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