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Search-based Endogenous Asset Liquidity and the Macroeconomy

Cui, W; Radde, S; (2020) Search-based Endogenous Asset Liquidity and the Macroeconomy. Journal of the European Economic Association , 18 (5) pp. 2221-2269. 10.1093/jeea/jvz037. Green open access

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Abstract

We develop a search-theory of asset liquidity which gives rise to endogenous financing constraints on investment in an otherwise standard dynamic general equilibrium model. Asset liquidity describes the ease of issuance and resaleability of private financial claims, which is the outcome of a costly search-and-matching process for such claims implemented by financial intermediaries. Limited liquidity of private claims creates a role for liquid assets, such as government bonds, to ease financing constraints. We show that endogenising liquidity is essential to generate positive co-movement between asset liquidity and asset prices. When the cost of channelling funds to entrepreneurs rises, investment and output fall while the hedging value of liquid assets increases, driving up liquidity premia. In the U.S., such intermediation cost shocks can account for about 37% of the variation in output, and more than 78% of the variation in liquidity premia

Type: Article
Title: Search-based Endogenous Asset Liquidity and the Macroeconomy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jeea/jvz037
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvz037
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: endogenous asset liquidity; asset search frictions; financing constraints
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072484
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