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More heat than light: investor attention and bitcoin price discovery

More heat than light: investor attention and bitcoin price discovery
More heat than light: investor attention and bitcoin price discovery
We investigate how increased attention affects bitcoin’s price discovery process. We first decompose bitcoin price into efficient and noise components and then show that the noise element of bitcoin pricing is driven by high levels of attention. This implies that high levels of attention are linked with an increase in uninformed trading activity in the market for bitcoin, while informed trading activity is driven by arbitrage rather than attention.
1057-5219
Ibikunle, Gbenga
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McGroarty, Frank
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Rzayev, Khaladdin
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Ibikunle, Gbenga
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McGroarty, Frank
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Rzayev, Khaladdin
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Ibikunle, Gbenga, McGroarty, Frank and Rzayev, Khaladdin (2020) More heat than light: investor attention and bitcoin price discovery. International Review of Financial Analysis, 69, [101459]. (doi:10.1016/j.irfa.2020.101459).

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We investigate how increased attention affects bitcoin’s price discovery process. We first decompose bitcoin price into efficient and noise components and then show that the noise element of bitcoin pricing is driven by high levels of attention. This implies that high levels of attention are linked with an increase in uninformed trading activity in the market for bitcoin, while informed trading activity is driven by arbitrage rather than attention.

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Accepted/In Press date: 30 January 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 31 January 2020
Published date: May 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 437656
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437656
ISSN: 1057-5219
PURE UUID: 89ab8815-53f0-49b0-947f-59ad2c64d56a
ORCID for Frank McGroarty: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2962-0927

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Date deposited: 10 Feb 2020 17:30
Last modified: 04 Mar 2020 01:28

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