Do Survey Probabilities Match Financial Market Beliefs?

Robin Lumsdaine, Rogier Potter van Loon

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This article considers whether survey respondents’ views regarding the likelihood of stock index returns exceeding specific thresholds are comparable to market views indicated by index options with strikes at analogous thresholds. It is motivated by the observation that the wording used to elicit subjective beliefs in surveys about expected future returns resembles the question a purchaser of a call option might ask. Building on this association, the authors document a similarity between the views of survey respondents and those of financial market participants as measured through call options, although the association is not 1-for-1. They find a closer association for those demonstrating a better understanding of the laws of probability, suggesting that numeracy affects the accuracy of an elicited response.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-220
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Behavioral Finance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2017


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