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Time-varying price discovery in the eighteenth century: empirical evidence from the London and Amsterdam stock markets


  • Adrian R. Bell

    () (ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading)

  • Chris Brooks

    () (ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading)

  • Nick Taylor

    () (School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol)


This paper examines the time-varying nature of price discovery in eighteenth century cross-listed stocks. Specifically, we investigate how quickly news is reflected in prices for two of the great moneyed companies, the Bank of England and the East India Company, over the period 1723–1794. These British companies were cross-listed on the London and Amsterdam stock exchange and news between the capitals flowed mainly via the use of boats that transported mail. We examine in detail the historical context surrounding the defining events of the period and use these as a guide to how the data should be analysed. We show that both trading venues contributed to price discovery, and although the London venue was more important for these stocks, its importance varies over time.

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  • Adrian R. Bell & Chris Brooks & Nick Taylor, 2016. "Time-varying price discovery in the eighteenth century: empirical evidence from the London and Amsterdam stock markets," Cliometrica, Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC), vol. 10(1), pages 5-30, january.
  • Handle: RePEc:afc:cliome:v:10:y:2016:i:1:p:5-30

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    1. Hou, Yang & Nartea, Gilbert, 2017. "Price Discovery in the Stock Index Futures Market: Evidence from the Chinese stock market crash," MPRA Paper 81995, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Hou, Yang & Li, Steven, 2017. "Time-Varying Price Discovery and Autoregressive Loading Factors: Evidence from S&P 500 Cash and E-Mini Futures Markets," MPRA Paper 81999, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Arbitrage Information shares Cross-listed stocks Historical finance Eighteenth century stocks;

    JEL classification:

    • N23 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models


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