Trade Dynamics in the Market for Federal Funds

96 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2012  

Gara Afonso

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Ricardo Lagos

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: February 1, 2012

Abstract

We develop a model of the market for federal funds that explicitly accounts for its two distinctive features: banks have to search for a suitable counter-party, and once they have met, both parties negotiate the size of the loan and the repayment. The theory is used to answer a number of positive and normative questions: What are the determinants of the fed funds rate? How does the market reallocate funds? Is the market able to achieve an efficient reallocation of funds? We also use the model for theoretical and quantitative analyses of policy issues facing modern central banks.

Keywords: Fed funds market, search, bargaining, over-the-counter

JEL Classification: G1, C78, D83, E44

Suggested Citation

Afonso, Gara and Lagos, Ricardo, Trade Dynamics in the Market for Federal Funds (February 1, 2012). FRB of New York Staff Report No. 549. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2010609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2010609

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Ricardo Lagos

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