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Giffen goods and market making

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  • Giovanni Cespa

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This paper shows that information effects per se are not responsible for the Giffen goods anomaly affecting competitive traders’ demands in multi- asset, noisy rational expectations equilibrium models. The role that information plays in traders’ strategies also matters. In a market with risk averse, uninformed traders, informed agents have a dual motive for trading: speculation and market making. While speculation entails using prices to assess the effect of private signal error terms, market making requires employing them to disentangle noise traders’ effects in traders’ aggregate orders. In a correlated environment, this complicates a trader’s signal-extraction problem and may generate upward-sloping demand curves. Assuming either (i) that competitive, risk neutral market makers price the assets, or that (ii) the risk tolerance coefficient of uninformed traders grows without bound, removes the market making component from informed traders’ demands, rendering them well behaved in prices.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in its series Economics Working Papers with number 681.

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Date of creation: Apr 2002
Date of revision: May 2003
Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:681

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Keywords: Financial economics; asset pricing; information and market efficiency;

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  1. Giovanni Cespa, 2003. "A comparison of stock market mechanisms," Working Papers 50, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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