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Trading Motives in Asset Markets

Zijian Wang

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: I study how trading motives in asset markets affect equilibrium outcomes and welfare. I focus on two types of trading motives -- informational and allocational. I show that while a fully separating equilibrium is the unique equilibrium when trading motives are known, multiple equilibria exist when trading motives are unknown. Moreover, forcing traders to reveal their trading motives may harm welfare. I also use this model to study how an asset market may exit a fire sale equilibrium and how government programs may eliminate private information and improve agents' welfare.

Keywords: Asset markets; private information; competitive search; government intervention (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D82 D83 G12 G18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-01-08
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