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Limits to Arbitrage when Market Participation Is Restricted

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  • Thorsten Hens
  • P. Jean-Jacques Herings
  • Arkadi Predtetchinskii

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There is an extensive literature claiming that it is often dicult to make use of arbitrage opportunities in nancial markets. This paper provides a new reason why existing arbitrage opportunities might not be seized. We consider a world with short-lived securities, no short-selling constraints and no transaction costs. We show that to exploit all existing arbitrage opportunities, traders should pay attention to all nancial markets simultaneously. It gives a general result stating that failure to do so will leave some arbitrage oppor- tunies unexploited with probability one.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 176.

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Keywords: Arbitrage; Bounded rationality;

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  1. Gori, Michele & Pireddu, Marina & Villanacci, Antonio, 2013. "Regularity and Pareto improving on financial equilibria with price-dependent borrowing restrictions," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 100-110.
  2. Bernard Cornet & Ramu Gopalan, 2009. "Arbitrage and equilibrium with portofolio constraints," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 09077, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
  3. Alasdair Brown, 2013. "Information Acquisition in Ostensibly Efficient Markets," University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series 043, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
  4. Carosi, Laura & Gori, Michele & Villanacci, Antonio, 2009. "Endogenous restricted participation in general financial equilibrium," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(12), pages 787-806, December.
  5. Michele Gori & Marina Pireddu & Antonio Villanacci, 2010. "Regularity and Pareto Improving on financial equilibria with endogenous borrowing restrictions," Working Papers - Mathematical Economics 2010-08, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa, revised Aug 2012.

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