Fraudulent agents in an artificial financial market

Scalas, E, Cincotti, S, Dose, C and Raberto, M (2005) Fraudulent agents in an artificial financial market. In: Lux, Thomas, Reitz, Stefan and Samanidou, Eleni (eds.) Nonlinear dynamics and heterogenous interacting agents. Lecture notes in economics and mathematical systems (550). Springer, Berlin. ISBN 9783540272960

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Abstract

The problem of insider trading and other illegal practices in financial markets is an important issue in the field of financial regulatory policies. Market control bodies, such as the US SEC or the Italian CONSOB regularly perform statistical analyses on security prices in order to unveil clues of fraudulent behaviour within the market. Fraudulent behaviour is connected to the more general problem of information asymmetries, which had already been addressed in the field of experimental economics. Recently, interesting conclusions were drawn thanks to a computer-simulated market where agents had different pieces of information about the future dividend cash flow of exchanged securities. Here, by means of an agent-based artificial market: the Genoa Artificial Stock Market (GASM), the more specific problem of fraudulent behaviour in a financial market is studied. A simplified model of fraudulent behaviour is implemented and the action of fraudulent agents on the statistical properties of simulated prices and the agent wealth distribution is investigated.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0276 Mathematical statistics
Depositing User: Enrico Scalas
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2014 14:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50281
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