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Explaining cryptocurrency returns: A prospect theory perspective

Rongxin Chen, Gabriele M. Lepori, Chung-Ching Tai, Ming-Chien Sung

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Volume: 79, Start page: 101599

Swansea University Author: Rongxin Chen

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We investigate prospect theory’s ability to explain cryptocurrency returns using data concerning 1,573 cryptocurrencies over the period 2014–2020. In line with the theory’s predictions, we find that cryptocurrencies that are more (less) attractive from a prospect theory perspective earn lower (highe...

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Published in: Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
ISSN: 1042-4431 1873-0612
Published: Elsevier BV 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa64713
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Abstract: We investigate prospect theory’s ability to explain cryptocurrency returns using data concerning 1,573 cryptocurrencies over the period 2014–2020. In line with the theory’s predictions, we find that cryptocurrencies that are more (less) attractive from a prospect theory perspective earn lower (higher) future returns, suggesting that they tend to be overpriced (underpriced). On average, a one cross-sectional standard-deviation increase in the prospect theory value of a cryptocurrency reduces its next-week return by 0.71% relative to its peers. This effect is stronger among cryptocurrencies that are more difficult to arbitrage, but it is not confined to the micro-cap segment of the market.
Keywords: Prospect theory, Behavioural asset pricing, Cryptocurrency, Cross-section of returns
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Start Page: 101599