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Anticipating the Stock Market Crash of 1929: The View from the Floor of the Stock Exchange

Eugene N. White

NBER Working Paper No. 12661
Issued in November 2006
NBER Program(s):   DAE   AP

In the months prior to the stock market crash of 1929, the price of a seat on the New York Stock Exchange was abnormally low. Rising stock prices and volume should have driven up seat prices during the boom of 1929; instead there were negative cumulative abnormal returns to seats of approximately 20 percent in the months just before the crash. At the same time, trading nearly ceased in the thin markets for seats on the regional exchanges. Brokers appear thus to have anticipated the October 1929 crash, although investors in the market apparently did not recognize this information.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12661

Published: Atack, Jeremy and Larry Neal (eds.) The Origins and Development of Financial Markets and Institutions. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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