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Trading Costs in Early Securities Markets: The Case of the Berlin Stock Exchange 1880–1910

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  • Thomas Gehrig
  • Caroline Fohlin

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Based on daily prices (amtliche Kurse) we estimate effective spreads of securities traded at the Berlin Stock Exchange in 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910. Several extensions of the Roll measure are applied. We find surprisingly tight effective spreads for the historical data, comparable with similar measures of the MDAX and DAX at the end of the 20th century. Copyright Oxford University Press Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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Article provided by European Finance Association in its journal Review of Finance.

Volume (Year): 10 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 587-612

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Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:10:y:2006:i:4:p:587-612

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  2. Thorsten Lübbers, 2009. "Is Cartelisation Profitable? A Case Study of the Rhenish Westphalian Coal Syndicate, 1893-1913," Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2009_09, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
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