Asset pricing with liquidity risk

Abstract. This paper solves explicitly a simple equilibrium model with liquidity risk. In our liquidity adjusted capital asset pricing model, a security’s required return depends on its expected liquidity as well as on the covariances of its own return and liquidity with the market return and liquidity. In addition, a persistent negative shock to a security’s liquidity results in low contemporaneous returns and high predicted future returns. The model provides a unified framework for understanding the various channels through which liquidity risk may affect asset prices. Our empirical results shed light on the total and relative economic significance of these channels and provide evidence of flight to liquidity.

“Asset pricing with liquidity risk.” Viral V. Acharya, Lasse Heje Pedersen, London Business School, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4SA, UK, June 2004  See here.