Microfoundations for Switching Behavior in Heterogeneous Agent Models: An Experiment
Mikhail Anufriev (),
Te Bao and
Jan Tuinstra ()
No 31, Working Paper Series from Economics Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney
We run a laboratory experiment to study how people switch between several profitable alternatives, framed as mutual funds, in order to provide a microfoundation for so-called heterogeneous agent models. The participants in our experiment have to choose repeatedly between two, three or four experimental funds. The time series of fund returns are exogenously generated prior to the experiment and participants are paid for each period according to the return of the fund they choose. For most cases participants' decisions can be successfully described by a discrete choice switching model, often applied in heterogeneous agent models, provided that a predisposition towards one of the funds is included. The estimated intensity of choice parameter of the discrete choice model depends on the structure of the fund returns. In particular, it increases with correlation between past and future returns. This suggests people do not myopically chase past returns, but are more likely to do so when past returns are more predictive of future returns, a feature that is absent in the standard heterogeneous agent models.
Keywords: Heterogeneuos agent models; discrete choice; switching; experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 C91 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
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Journal Article: Microfoundations for switching behavior in heterogeneous agent models: An experiment (2016)
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