Speculation on Racing Odds in India

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Horse racing has existed in India since the British established race clubs across the continent as places for socializing and legal gambling. Today, betting on horses in Delhi is a form of speculation, where bettors not only calculate probabilities of horses, but try to figure out insider knowledge of rigged races by observing the odds. This becomes particularly evident when betting odds on a particular horse suddenly change with an accelerating speed because people start betting for the same horse – a phenomenon, in finance, known as ‘herding’. Inspired by Clifford Geertz’ study of the connection between betting odds and deep play, the study identifies deeper causes of market volatility, beyond market strategies and crowd psychology, in the cosmology of uncertainty of the society in which the speculative market is located.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomy and Society
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)170-186
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020

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