Marketmaking Middlemen

15:30-17:00, Friday, December 31, 2021

Tencent Meeting (Meeting ID: 506 713 129)


Dr. Bo HU is the assistant professor of School of Economics, Fudan University. He was granted the Ph.D. in Economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Tinbergen Institute, the Netherlands in 2019. Dr. Bo HU' research interests lie at bilateral markets, management compensation design, etc. 

This paper develops a model in which market structure is determined endogenously by the choice of intermediation mode. There are two representative modes of intermediation that are widely used in real-life markets: one is a middleman mode where an intermediary holds inventories which are purchased from the wholesale market for the purpose of reselling to buyers; the other is a market-making mode where an intermediary offers a platform for buyers and sellers to trade with each other. We show that a marketmaking middleman, who adopts a mixture of these two intermediation modes, can emerge in a directed search equilibrium and discuss the implications of this for the market structure.

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