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A search-based theory of the on-the-run phenomenon

Vayanos, Dimitri and Weill, Pierre-Olivier (2008) A search-based theory of the on-the-run phenomenon. Journal of Finance, 63 (3). pp. 1361-1398. ISSN 0022-1082

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2008.01360.x


We propose a model in which assets with identical cash flows can trade at different prices. Infinitely lived agents can establish long positions in a search spot market, or short positions by first borrowing an asset in a search repo market. We show that short-sellers can endogenously concentrate in one asset because of search externalities and the constraint that they must deliver the asset they borrowed. That asset enjoys greater liquidity, a higher lending fee ("specialness"), and trades at a premium consistent with no-arbitrage. We derive closed-form solutions for small frictions, and provide a calibration generating realistic on-the-run premia.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 the American Finance Association
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Departments > Finance
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2010 11:09
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 02:03

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