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The evolution of security designs

Noe, Thomas (2003) The evolution of security designs. In: Joint Conference on Information Systems, 26 September 2003, Cary, North Carolina.

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This paper embeds security design in a model of evolutionary learning. We consider a competitive and perfect financial market where agents, as in Allen and Gale (1988), have heterogeneous valuations for cash flows. Our point of departure is that, instead of assuming that agents are endowed with rational expectations, we model their behavior as the product of adaptive learning. Our results demonstrate that adaptive learning profoundly affects security design. Securities are mispriced even in the long run and optimal designs trade off under pricing against intrinsic value maximization. The evolutionary dominant security design calls for issuing securities that engender large losses with a small but positive probability, and otherwise produce stable payoffs. These designs are almost the exact opposite of the pure state claims which are optimal in the rational expectations framework.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Corporate financing; Adaptive learning; Genetic algorithm; Security choice; finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2012 19:41
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 10:38
Funders: N/A

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