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Liquidity in Frictional Asset Markets


On November 14–15, 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland hosted a conference on “Liquidity in Frictional Asset Markets.” In this paper we review the literature on asset markets with trading frictions in both finance and monetary theory using a simple search-theoretic model, and we discuss the papers presented at the conference in the context of this literature. We will show the diversity of topics covered in this literature, e.g., the dynamics of housing and credit markets, the functioning of payment systems, optimal monetary policy and the cost of inflation, the role of banks, and the effect of informational frictions on asset trading.


Suggested citation: Rocheteau, Guillaume, and Pierre-Olivier Weill, 2011. “Liquidity in Frictional Asset Markets,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Working Paper no. 11-05.

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