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A Heterogeneous Agents Equilibrium Model for the Term Structure of Bond Market Liquidity

71 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2013 Last revised: 2 Apr 2016

Monika Gehde-Trapp

University of Mannheim - Finance Area

Philipp Schuster

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Finance, Banking, and Insurance

Marliese Uhrig-Homburg

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Institute for Finance

Date Written: April 1, 2016

Abstract

We analyze the impact of market frictions on trading volume and liquidity premia of finite maturity assets when investors differ in their trading needs. Our equilibrium model generates a clientele effect (frequently trading investors only hold short-term assets) and predicts i) a hump-shaped relation between trading volume and maturity, ii) lower trading volumes of older compared to younger assets, iii) an increasing liquidity term structure from ask prices, iv) a decreasing or U-shaped liquidity term structure from bid prices, and v) spill-overs of liquidity from short-term to long-term maturities. Empirical tests for U.S. corporate bonds support our theoretical predictions.

Keywords: bond liquidity, term structure of liquidity premia, heterogeneous agents, aging effect, trading volume, equilibrium

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Gehde-Trapp, Monika and Schuster, Philipp and Uhrig-Homburg, Marliese, A Heterogeneous Agents Equilibrium Model for the Term Structure of Bond Market Liquidity (April 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2237879 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2237879

Monika Gehde-Trapp

University of Mannheim - Finance Area ( email )

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Philipp Schuster (Contact Author)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Finance, Banking, and Insurance ( email )

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Marliese Uhrig-Homburg

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