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Buy together, but recycle alone: sentiment-driven herding behavior in oceanic dry bulk shipping

Konstantinos D. Melas (Faculty of Business and Economics, Metropolitan College, Maroussi, Greece) (Department of Economics, University of Western Macedonia, Kastoria, Greece) (Cyprus Centre for Business Research, Cyprus Institute of Marketing, Limassol Campus, Limassol, Cyprus)
Nektarios A. Michail (Cyprus Centre for Business Research, Cyprus Institute of Marketing, Limassol Campus, Limassol, Cyprus) (Department of Economic Analysis and Research, Central Bank of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)

Review of Behavioral Finance

ISSN: 1940-5979

Article publication date: 21 February 2022

Issue publication date: 29 June 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The authors employ the vessels that comprise the dry bulk segment of the maritime industry and examine how market sentiment affects the herding behavior of shipping investors in a real asset market.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors employ a threshold regression model to examine how changes in market sentiment can affect herding behavior in oceanic dry bulk shipping.

Findings

The results show that the behavioral aspect of investing, measured through intentional and unintentional herding, contrary to the results for financial markets, is affected by sentiment on the buy side (newbuildings) but not on the sell side (scrapping). Furthermore, the authors provide evidence that when market sentiment is negative, investors tend to follow market leaders (intentional herding), while, when sentiment is positive, unintentional herding leads to common investment practices among shipping investors.

Originality/value

The results have significant implications both for academics and for practitioners since they reflect a clear distinction of the pattern of investment decisions for real assets, compared to financial assets.

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Citation

Melas, K.D. and Michail, N.A. (2023), "Buy together, but recycle alone: sentiment-driven herding behavior in oceanic dry bulk shipping", Review of Behavioral Finance, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 534-549. https://doi.org/10.1108/RBF-06-2021-0103

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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