Dynamic Information Regimes in Financial Markets
45 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2019 Last revised: 5 May 2022
Date Written: May 4, 2022
We develop a model of investor information choices and asset prices in which the availability of information about fundamentals is time-varying and responds to investor demand for information. A competitive research sector produces more information when more investors are willing to pay for that research. This feedback, from investor willingness to pay for information to more information production, generates two regimes in equilibrium, one having high prices and low volatility, the other the opposite. The low-price, high-volatility regime is associated with greater information asymmetry between informed and uninformed investors. Information dynamics move the market between regimes, creating large price drops even with no change in fundamentals. In our calibration, the model suggests an important role for information dynamics in financial crises.
Keywords: asset pricing, information choice
JEL Classification: E32, G12, G14
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