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Technology, information production, and market efficiency

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  • Gene D'Avolio
  • Efi Gildor
  • Andrei Shleifer

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A well functioning securities market relies on the availability of accurate information, a broad base of investors who can process this information, legal protection of these investors’ rights, and a liquid secondary market unencumbered by excessive transaction costs or constraints. When these conditions are satisfied, securities markets are likely to be broader and more efficient, with felicitous consequences for investment and resource allocation. This paper explores the effect of technological advances on these features of the market, emphasizing the incentives facing the producers of financial information.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in its journal Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole.

Volume (Year): (2001)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 125-160

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedkpr:y:2001:p:125-160

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  1. Voicu-Dorobantu Roxana & Marinoiu Ana Maria, 2009. "The Impact Of The Internet On Trading – A Theoretical Approach On The Investor," Annals of Faculty of Economics, University of Oradea, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 257-260, May.
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  3. Jan Marc Berk, 2002. "Banca centrale e innovazione finanziaria. Una rassegna della letteratura recente," Moneta e Credito, Economia civile, vol. 55(220), pages 345-385.

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