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Liquidity risk and the dynamics of arbitrage capital

Kondor, Peter and Vayanos, Dimitri (2019) Liquidity risk and the dynamics of arbitrage capital. Journal of Finance, 74 (3). pp. 1139-1173. ISSN 0022-1082

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jofi.12757


We develop a continuous-time model of liquidity provision in which hedgers can trade multiple risky assets with arbitrageurs. Arbitrageurs have constant relative risk-aversion (CRRA) utility, while hedgers' asset demand is independent of wealth. An increase in hedgers' risk aversion can make arbitrageurs endogenously more risk-averse. Because arbitrageurs generate endogenous risk, an increase in their wealth or a reduction in their CRRA coefficient can raise risk premia despite Sharpe ratios declining. Arbitrageur wealth is a priced risk factor because assets held by arbitrageurs offer high expected returns but suffer the most when wealth drops. Aggregate illiquidity, which declines in wealth, captures that factor.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2019 American Finance Association
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 11:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:38
Projects: 336585
Funders: European Research Council, Paul Woolley Centre

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