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Insiders-Outsiders, Transparency and the Value of the Ticker

Thierry Foucault and Giovanni Cespa ()

No 6794, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Some investors (insiders) observe prices in real-time whereas other investors (outsiders) observe prices with a delay. As prices are informative about the asset payoff, insiders get a strictly larger expected utility than outsiders. Yet, information acquisition by one investor exerts a negative externality on other investors. Thus, investors? average welfare is maximal when access to price information is rationed. We show that a market for price information can implement the fraction of insiders that maximizes investors? average welfare. This market features a high price to curb excessive acquisition of ticker information. We also show that informational efficiency is greater when the dissemination of ticker information is broader and more timely.

Keywords: Hirshleifer effect; Market data sales; Price discovery; transparency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G10 G14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-mst and nep-upt
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