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Measuring and explaining the asymmetry of liquidity

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  • Rajat Tayal

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Susan Thomas

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

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This paper examines transactions costs in buying versus selling using a large database of snapshots of the limit order book. On the equity spot market, there is clear evidence of asymmetry in liquidity: transactions costs are lower for buy market orders when compared with sell market orders. In the identical setting, trading in single stock futures is also observed, and there is little evidence of asymmetry. This suggests that asymmetry in liquidity may be driven by short sales restrictions which are present on the spot market but not on the single stock futures market.

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  • Rajat Tayal & Susan Thomas, 2012. "Measuring and explaining the asymmetry of liquidity," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2012-011, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
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    1. The costs in buying versus the costs in selling
      by Ajay Shah in Ajay Shah's blog on 2012-05-26 01:48:00
    2. The costs in buying versus the costs in selling
      by Ajay Shah in Citizen Economists on 2012-06-01 00:10:43

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