Testing Rationality in the Point Spread Betting Market

  • Author(s): JOHN GANDAR, RICHARD ZUBER, THOMAS O'BRIEN, BEN RUSSO
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 995-1008
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1988.tb02617.x

ABSTRACT

This paper presents empirical tests of market rationality using data from the point spread betting market on National Football League games. Data from this market avoid many common pitfalls of tests of rationality in conventional financial markets. The authors test for rationality with two types of tests, statistical and economic. Results of the tests reveal that the statistical tests cannot reject market rationality while the economic tests do reject market rationality.

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