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The Microstructure of Stock Markets

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  • Biais, Bruno
  • Glosten, Larry
  • Spatt, Chester S

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We survey the literature analysing the price formation and trading process, and the consequences of market organization for price discovery and welfare. We develop a united perspective on theoretical, empirical and experimental approaches. We discuss the evidence on transaction costs and the price impact of trades and its analyses in terms of adverse selection, inventory costs and market power. We review the extent to which the associated frictions can be mitigated by such features of market design as the degree of transparency, the use of call auctions, the discreteness of the pricing grid and the regulation of competition between liquidity suppliers or exchanges.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 3288.

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Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:3288

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Keywords: bid-ask spread; liquidity; market design; market microstructure; transactions costs;

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  1. DESGRANGES, Gabriel & FOUCAULT, Thierry, 2000. "Reputation-based pricing and price improvements in dealership markets," Les Cahiers de Recherche 716, HEC Paris, revised 01 Mar 2002.
  2. Biais, Bruno & Mariotti, Thomas, 2003. "Strategic Liquidity Supply and Security Design," IDEI Working Papers 160, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse, revised Mar 2004.
  3. Giovanni Petrella, 2010. "MiFID, Reg NMS and competition across trading venues in Europe and the USA," Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 18(3), pages 257-271, July.
  4. Décamps, Jean-Paul & Lovo, Stefano, 2003. "Market Informational Inefficiency, Risk Aversion and Quantity Grid," IDEI Working Papers 177, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse.

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