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On the Static Efficiency of Secondary Bond Markets

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  • Oxelheim, Lars

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Rafferty, Michael

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    (School of Economics and Finance)

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The major strand of finance literature understands market efficiency through the market’s ability to process information into prices. Another strand of literature refers to the economists’ usual sense of the word, i.e. that markets ensure that resources are allocated to their most profitable expected use, and provide services at the lowest cost. This paper, deploying the second definition, suggests a concept of static efficiency, and claims this can also be seen as a measure of market quality. The paper develops a measure of qualitative static efficiency for bond markets built on four indicators: transparency, number of maturities and issuers, spread, and liquidity. Indicators of market quality should be easily accessible, and permit international and inter-temporal comparison. Using Nordic markets as case studies, we show that these markets became more efficient during the 1990’s, but that transparency of efficiency remains a problem. A number of measurement problems with the static efficiency indicators are discussed, as well as interdependence issues. The paper concludes with comments on future applications of the static efficiency measure.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 623.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 15 Apr 2004
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 2005, pages 117-135.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0623

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Keywords: Efficiency; Transparency; Market Liquidity; Bond Markets;

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Cited by:
  1. Andrén, Niclas & Oxelheim, Lars, 2002. "Exchange-Rate and Interest-Rate Driven Competitive Advantages in the EMU," Working Paper Series 576, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  2. Oxelheim, Lars & Rafferty, Michael, 2002. "On the Static Efficiency of Secondary Bond Markets," Working Paper Series 2001/7, Lund University, Institute of Economic Research.

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