Cournot Competition, Financial Option markets and Efficiency
Allaz and Vila (1993) show that the existence of futures markets increases the efficiency of markets in a Cournot setting. This paper looks at the efficiency effect of financial options in a similar framework. It shows that also the existence of financial options makes markets more efficient; though to a smaller extent than futures. This is particularly relevant for markets with market power and costly storage, like the electricity market.
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