On the existence of linear equilibria in models of market making

Journal Article

We derive necessary and sufficient conditions for a linear equilibrium in three types of competitive market making models: Kyle type models (when market makers only observe aggregate net order flow), Glosten-Milgrom and Easley-O'Hara type models (when market makers observe and trade one order at a time), and call markets models (individual order models when market makers observe a number of orders before pricing and executing any of them). We study two cases: when privately informed (strategic) traders are symmetrically informed and when they have differential information. We derive necessary and sufficient conditions on the distributions of the random variables for a linear equilibrium. We also explore those features of the equilibrium that depend on linearity as opposed to the particular distributional assumptions and we provide a large number of examples of linear equilibria for each of the models.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bagnoli, M; Viswanathan, S; Holden, C

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 31

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0960-1627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-9965.00106

Citation Source

  • Scopus