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A Search Model of Centralized and Decentralized Trade

  • Jianjun Miao

    (Department of Economics, Boston University)

This paper presents a search model of centralized and decentralized trade. In a centralized market, trades are intermediated by market makers at publicly posted bid-ask prices. In a decentralized market, traders search counterparties. Prices are negotiated and transactions are conducted in private meetings among traders. Traders can choose which market to enter. The determinant of bid-ask spreads and liquidity is analyzed. The welfare consequence of the market fragmentation is also analyzed.

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Date of creation: 16 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:0410003
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