Thursday, May 17, 2012
Behavioural Economics and the Facebook IPO
Posted by Martin Ryan
Facebook, the social network, has raised $16bn in an initial public offering that values the company at $104bn, meaning it is now among the 25 most valuable public groups in the United States. This recent article by John Wasik (Reuters Money) discusses whether or not it is a good idea to get a piece of the action. Daniel Kahneman declined to comment specifically on Facebook, but raised the importance of a number of behavioural biases: overconfidence, optimism-bias and anchoring; to name a few. Liam has blogged before on behavioural finance, and I flagged the work of James Montier in a comment on that post. Avanidhar Subrahmanyam's review of the behavioural finance literature is available here, free-to-access.