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A Good Beginning Makes a Good Market: The Effect of Different Market Opening Structures on Market Quality

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  • Gernot Hinterleitner

    (Institute of Statistics and Opterations Research, Karl-Franzens-University Graz)

  • Philipp Hornung

    (Institute of Statistics and Opterations Research, Karl-Franzens-University Graz)

  • Ulrike Leopold-Wildburger

    (Institute of Statistics and Opterations Research, Karl-Franzens-University Graz)

  • Roland Mestel

    (Institute of Banking and Finance, Karl-Franzens-University Graz)

  • Stefan Palan

    (Institute of Banking and Finance, Karl-Franzens-University Graz)

Abstract

This paper deals with the market structure at the opening of the trading day and its influence on subsequent trading. We compare a single continuous double auction and two complement markets with different call auction designs as opening mechanisms in a unified experimental framework. The call auctions differ with respect to their levels of transparency. We find that a call auction not only improves market quality at the beginning of the trading day when com-pared to the stand-alone continuous double auction, but also causes positive spillover effects on subsequent trading. Concerning the design of the opening call auction, we find no signifi-cant differences between the transparent and nontransparent specification with respect to opening prices and liquidity. In the course of subsequent continuous trading, however, market quality is slightly higher after a nontransparent call auction.

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  • Gernot Hinterleitner & Philipp Hornung & Ulrike Leopold-Wildburger & Roland Mestel & Stefan Palan, 2012. "A Good Beginning Makes a Good Market: The Effect of Different Market Opening Structures on Market Quality," Working Paper Series, Social and Economic Sciences 2012-01, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Karl-Franzens-University Graz.
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    Keywords

    Call auction; continuous double auction; transparency; market quality;
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    JEL classification:

    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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