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Harnessing the Wisdom of Crowds*


Intervenant : Zhi Da
University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business

3 novembre 2016 - T004 - De 14h00 à 15h15

We examine the negative information externality associated with herding on a crowd-based earnings forecast platform (Estimize.com). By tracking user viewing activities, we monitor the amount of information a user views before she makes an earnings forecast. We find that the more public information a user views, the less weight she will put on her private information. While this improves the accuracy of each individual forecast, it reduces the accuracy of the consensus forecast, since useful private information is prevented from entering the consensus. Predictable errors made by “influential users” early on persist in the consensus forecast and result in return predictability at earnings announcements. To address endogeneity concerns related to information acquisition choices, we collaborate with Estimize.com to run experiments where we restrict the information set for randomly selected stocks and users. The experiments confirm that “independent” forecasts lead to a more accurate consensus and convince Estimize.com to switch to a “blind” platform from November 2015. Overall, our findings suggest that the wisdom of crowds can be better harnessed by encouraging independent voices from the participants.


Intervenant : Xavier Gabaix

13 juin 2019 - T104 - De 14h00 à 15h15


Intervenant : Adriano Rampini

23 mai 2019 - T105 - De 14h00 à 15h15


Intervenant : Luke Taylor

16 mai 2019 - T105 - De 14h00 à 15h15


Intervenant : Jessica Jeffers

18 avril 2019 - T104 - De 14h00 à 15h15


Intervenant : Emil Verner

4 avril 2019 - T104 - De 14h00 à 15h15


Département Finance 

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4th Annual HEC Paris Workshop Preliminary Program “Banking, Finance, Macroeconomics and the Real Economy”