Securities Industry and Exchange Industry: Organization and Value Chain

  • Josanco Floreani
  • Maurizio Polato
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions book series (SBFI)


The securities and exchange industry performs an important function within the financial system. By facilitating the execution of orders it enhances the liquidity of securities markets, and therefore allows the efficient allocation of capital flows to investment opportunities.


Price Discovery Relevant Market Trading Service Security Exchange Primary Market 
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    Excellent essays on industrial organization can be found in J. Tirole (1993) The Theory of Industrial Organization (Cambridge: Mit Press)Google Scholar
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    Owing to the new institutional approach of the firm we know that firms exist because of the cost entailed by market transactions. However, facilitating market transactions is not only a matter of transaction costs. It entails protecting property rights as well, as widely recognized by many economists. See, among others, R. Coase (1988) The Firm, The Market, and the Law, and R. Coase (1992) ‘The Institutional Structure of Production’, American Economic Review, 82, 4. The property right approach with reference to exchanges has been developed with reference to prices although the body of literature on the topic is scarce.Google Scholar
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    For a review of the earliest SEC initiatives alongside the consolidation/frag-mentation debate, see Cohen et al. (1986) The Microstructure of Securities Markets (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall) pp. 150–66.Google Scholar

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© Josanco Floreani and Maurizio Polato 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Josanco Floreani
    • 1
  • Maurizio Polato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of UdineItaly

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