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Analysis of market quality before and during short-selling bans

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  • Alves, Carlos
  • Mendes, Victor
  • Silva, Paulo Pereira da

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We measure the impact of the August 2011 bans on covered short-selling adopted by several European countries. Our results provide evidence that the impact on prices was short-lived: the positive price impact disappears after ten days. The short-selling restrictions did not contribute to reduce the volatility of the financial stocks subjected to the bans; on the contrary, our findings indicate that volatility actually increased by a greater extent for these stocks than for other financial stocks with similar characteristics. The bans also had a negative impact on liquidity. Moreover, stocks subjected to the bans exhibit a longer delay in the assimilation of negative market news during the banning span.

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  • Alves, Carlos & Mendes, Victor & Silva, Paulo Pereira da, 2016. "Analysis of market quality before and during short-selling bans," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 252-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:37:y:2016:i:c:p:252-268
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2015.11.009
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    Keywords

    Short-selling; Ban; Market quality; Market efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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