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Asymmetric information in a competitive market game: Reexamining the implications of rational expectations

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  • James Peck

    () (Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, 1945 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210-1172, USA)

  • Matthew O. Jackson

    () (Division of Humanities and Social Sciences 228-77, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA)

Abstract

We examine price formation in a simple static model with asymmetric information, an infinite number of risk neutral traders and no noise traders. Here we re-examine four results associated with rational expectations models relating to the existence of fully revealing equilibrium prices, the advantage of becoming informed, the costly acquisition of information, and the impossibility of having equilibrium prices with higher volatility than the underlying fundamentals.

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  • James Peck & Matthew O. Jackson, 1999. "Asymmetric information in a competitive market game: Reexamining the implications of rational expectations," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 13(3), pages 603-628.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:13:y:1999:i:3:p:603-628
    Note: Received: August 27, 1997; revised version: February 11, 1998
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    Keywords

    Market game Excess volatility · Rational expectations · Asymmetric information · Information acquisition. ·;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations

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