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How Trading Institutions Affect Financial Market Performance: Some Laboratory Evidence

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  • Friedman, Daniel

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The effects of trading institutions on market efficiency and trading volume are examined. The trading institutions are computerized versions of continuous double auction and clearinghouse markets. Traders are experienced, profit-motivated undergraduates. The traded good is a financial asset whose monetary value is state- and trader type-contingent. Traders possess asymmetric private information on asset value. The results show that clearinghouse markets are as informationally efficient as double auction markets and almost as allocationally efficient; the double auction encourages greater trading volume but the clearinghouse provides greater depth; public orderflow information enhances double auction performance but impairs clearinghouse performance. Copyright 1993 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 31 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 410-35

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:31:y:1993:i:3:p:410-35

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  7. J. P. Krahnen & C. Rieck & E. Theissen, 1999. "Insider trading and portfolio structure in experimental asset markets with a long-lived asset," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(1), pages 29-50.
  8. Davis, Douglas D. & Williams, Arlington W., 1997. "The effects of nonstationarities on performance in call markets," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 39-54, January.
  9. Majois, Christophe, 2010. "Order aggressiveness and the diagonal effect in experimental double auction markets," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(2), pages 304-309, May.
  10. Theissen, Erik, 2000. "Market structure, informational efficiency and liquidity: An experimental comparison of auction and dealer markets," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 3(4), pages 333-363, November.

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