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An Information-based Theory of Financial Intermediation

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  • Zachary Bethune

    (University of Virginia)

  • Bruno Sultanum

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

  • Nicholas Trachter

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

Abstract

We advance a theory of intermediation that builds on private information and heterogeneous screening ability across market participants. We solve for the equilibrium market structure and show that investors with high screening ability are the largest intermediators: they are the most central in trade, they trade frequently, they trade with many different counterparties, and they extract high rents. We derive a set of testable predictions from the model and we test them using transaction-level micro data. Our empirical results provide evidence that our mechanism relying on private information and screening ability is a relevant feature of intermediation in over-the-counter markets.

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  • Zachary Bethune & Bruno Sultanum & Nicholas Trachter, 2019. "An Information-based Theory of Financial Intermediation," 2019 Meeting Papers 403, 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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