College of Business and Economics
We develop a framework for using text as data in asset pricing models. We use the framework to test whether real estate agents exploit their informational advantage to sell properties they own for a premium. Consistent with the previous literature, baseline estimates that exclude textual information indicate agents sell their own house at a 3 to 4 percent premium in both Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA. However, this premium dissipates when textual information is included. The results suggest that the baseline estimates suﬀer from an omitted variable bias, which previous studies incorrectly ascribe to market distortions associated with asymmetric information.
Digital Commons Citation
Liu, Crocker H.; Nowak, Adam; and Smith, Patrick S., "Does the Asset Pricing Premium Reflect Asymmetric or Incomplete Information?" (2018). Economics Faculty Working Papers Series. 5.