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Endogenous Liquidity in Asset Markets

46 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2004  

Andrea L. Eisfeldt

UCLA Anderson School of Management

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This paper analyzes a model in which long-term risky assets are illiquid due to adverse selection. The degree of adverse selection and hence the liquidity of these assets is determined endogenously by the amount of trade for reasons other than private information. I find that higher productivity leads to increased liquidity. Moreover, liquidity magnifies the effects of changes in productivity on investment and volume. High productivity implies that investors initiate larger scale risky projects which increases the riskiness of their incomes. Riskier incomes induce more sales of claims to high-quality projects, causing liquidity to increase.

Keywords: liquidity, adverse selection, dynamic adverse selection, business cycles

JEL Classification: E32, G00, D82

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Eisfeldt, Andrea L., Endogenous Liquidity in Asset Markets. Journal of Finance, Vol. 59, pp. 1-30, February 2004. Available at SSRN:

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