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Price Deregulation in the Brokerage Industry: An Empirical Analysis

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  • Aharon R. Ofer
  • Arie Melnick

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A Securities and Exchange Commission ruling, which went into effect on May 1, 1975, prohibited securities exchanges from fixing brokerage commission rates. This ruling forced the brokerage industry to move to competitive pricing. Our study analyzes the pricing mechanism that evolved following price deregulation. The results indicate that price competition has led to lower prices and to a rate structure that reflects the costs of executing different types of transactions.

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  • Aharon R. Ofer & Arie Melnick, 1978. "Price Deregulation in the Brokerage Industry: An Empirical Analysis," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 9(2), pages 633-641, Autumn.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:bellje:v:9:y:1978:i:autumn:p:633-641
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    1. Liu, Shinhua, 2008. "Commission deregulation and performance of securities firms: Further evidence from Japan," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 60(4), pages 355-368.
    2. Baker, Malcolm & Stein, Jeremy C., 2004. "Market liquidity as a sentiment indicator," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 7(3), pages 271-299, June.
    3. Luke Bortoli & Alex Frino & Elvis Jarnecic, 2004. "Differences in the Cost of Trade Execution Services on Floor-Based and Electronic Futures Markets," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer;Western Finance Association, vol. 26(1), pages 73-87, August.

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