DP14014 Heterogeneity in Decentralized Asset Markets

Author(s): Julien Hugonnier, Ben Lester, Pierre-Olivier Weill
Publication Date: September 2019
Keyword(s): Bargaining, Heterogeneity, price dispersion, search frictions
JEL(s): G11, G12, G21
Programme Areas: Financial Economics
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We study a search and bargaining model of asset markets in which investors' heterogeneous valuations for the asset are drawn from an arbitrary distribution. We present a solution technique that makes the model fully tractable, and allows us to provide a complete characterization of the unique equilibrium, in closed-form, both in and out of steady-state. Using this characterization, we derive several novel implications that highlight the important of heterogeneity. In particular, we show how some investors endogenously emerge as intermediaries, even though they have no advantage in contacting other agents or holding inventory; and we show how heterogeneity magnifies the impact of search frictions on asset prices, misallocation, and welfare.