There’s an article in the Sunday NY Times Business Section and one in the Economist. I have to say I’ve never seen anything really comforting from a theoretical point of view on this topic, and I once wrote a paper on this too. The Economist does refer to a sort of probabilistic model from which one might perhaps back out some implied probabilities of bubbles.
It seems to me:
1. No one knows what fair value of anything is, though one can begin to tell when it gets to be unfair. Fischer Black wrote somewhere that a price anywhere between half and twice is fair value is fair value. If you run this recursively, you get a range from zero to infinity.
2. People are strongly influenced by other people’s opinions.
3. People try to figure out what other people will do.
4. People have a tendency to get on moving trains.
Is there a way to turn all this into a convincing model?