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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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Paper provided by Harvard - Institute of Economic Research in its series Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers with number 1929.

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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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