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Trading and arbitrage in cryptocurrency markets

Igor Makarov and Antoinette Schoar

LSE Research Online Documents on Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library

Abstract: Cryptocurrency markets exhibit periods of large, recurrent arbitrage opportunities across exchanges. These price deviations are much larger across than within countries, and smaller between cryptocurrencies, highlighting the importance of capital controls for the movement of arbitrage capital. Price deviations across countries co-move and open up in times of large bitcoin appreciation. Countries with higher bitcoin premia over the US bitcoin price see widening arbitrage deviations when bitcoin appreciates. Finally, we decompose signed volume on each exchange into a common and an id- iosyncratic component. The common component explains 80% of bitcoin returns. The idiosyncratic components help explain arbitrage spreads between exchanges.

Keywords: cryptocurrencies; bitcoin; arbitrage; price impact; capital controls (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2020-02-01
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Published in Journal of Financial Economics, 1, February, 2020, 135(2), pp. 293 - 319. ISSN: 0304-405X

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