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Decentralized Trade with Private Values


  • Bruno Sultanum

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

  • Zachary Bethune

    (University of Virginia)


This paper studies trading dynamics in a decentralized market with incomplete information where agents valuations are independent and change over time. The model builds on Hugonnier et al. (2014) with two modifications: investors valuations are private information and bilateral trade occurs using the k-double auction proposed by Chatterjee and Samuelson (1983). We derive necessary and sufficient conditions for a steady state equilibrium, use numerical methods to solve for equilibria and study its properties. In particular, we study the effect of dispersion in private values on key variables such as trade volume, bid-ask spreads and the intensity of trade of different agents. Importantly, we show considering incomplete information will lead to different comparative statics with respect to dispersion and search frictions.

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  • Bruno Sultanum & Zachary Bethune, 2016. "Decentralized Trade with Private Values," 2016 Meeting Papers 1630, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed016:1630

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    Cited by:

    1. Zachary Bethune & Bruno Sultanum & Nicholas Trachter, 2019. "Asset Issuance in Over-the-Counter Markets," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 33, pages 4-29, July.
    2. Julian Kozlowski, 2017. "Long-Term Finance and Investment with Frictional Asset Markets," Working Papers 2018-12, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, revised 17 May 2019.
    3. Julien Hugonnier & Benjamin Lester & Pierre-Olivier Weill, 2018. "Frictional Intermediation in Over-the-counter Markets," NBER Working Papers 24956, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Sultanum, Bruno, 2018. "Financial fragility and over-the-counter markets," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 177(C), pages 616-658.
    5. Athanasios Geromichalos & Kuk Mo Jung & Seungduck Lee & Dillon Carlos, 2019. "Asset Liquidity in Monetary Theory and Finance: A Unified Approach," Working Papers 330, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
    6. Julian Kozlowski, 2017. "Long-Term Finance and Economic Development: The Role of Liquidity in Corporate Debt Markets," 2017 Meeting Papers 699, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets


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