A recursion for the joint moments of the external branch lengths for coalescents with multiple collisions (Lambda-coalescents) is provided. This recursion is used to derive asymptotic results as the sample size n tends to infinity for the joint moments of the external branch lengths and for the moments of the total external branch length of the Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent. These asymptotic results are based on a differential equation approach, which is as well useful to obtain exact solutions for the joint moments of the external branch lengths for the Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent. The results for example show that the lengths of two randomly chosen external branches are positively correlated for the Bolthausen-Sznitman coalescent, whereas they are negatively correlated for the Kingman coalescent provided that n >= 4.
"On the external branches of coalescents with multiple collisions." Electron. J. Probab. 18 1 - 11, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1214/EJP.v18-2286