The role of trading frictions in real asset markets

  title={The role of trading frictions in real asset markets},
  author={Alessandro Gavazza},
Almost all real assets trade in decentralized markets, where trading frictions could inhibit the efficiency of asset allocations and depress asset prices. In this paper, I use data on commercial aircraft markets to empirically investigate whether trading frictions vary with the size of the asset market. Intuitively, it is more difficult to sell assets that have a thin market. As a result, firms find it optimal to hold on longer to assets with a thinner market in case their profitability rises… CONTINUE READING
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