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Valuation in Over-the-Counter Markets

Authors: Duffie, Darrell
Gârleanu, Nicolae
Pedersen, Lasse Heje
Issue Date: 30-Mar-2004
Series/Report no.: S-MF-04-04
Abstract: We provide the impact on asset prices of search-and-bargaining frictions in over-the-counter markets. Under natural conditions, prices are lower and illiquidity discounts higher when counterparties are harder to find, when sellers have less bargaining power, when the fraction of qualified owners is smaller, or when risk aversion, volatility, or hedging demand are larger. If agents face risk limits, then higher volatility leads to greater difficulty locating unconstrained buyers, resulting in lower prices. Information can fail to be revealed through trading when search is difficult. We discuss a variety of financial applications and testable implications.
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