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Tick sizes in illiquid order books

Tom Grimstvedt Meling ()
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Tom Grimstvedt Meling: University of Bergen, Department of Economics, Postal: Institutt for økonomi, Universitetet i Bergen, Postboks 7802, 5020 Bergen, Norway

No 6/17, Working Papers in Economics from University of Bergen, Department of Economics

Abstract: I assess the causal impact of increasing the tick size on stock liquidity and trading volume in illiquid stocks. Using a regression discontinuity design at the Oslo Stock Exchange, I find that increasing the tick size has no impact on the transaction costs,order book depths, or trading volumes of illiquid stocks. These findings contradict recent theoretical predictions in the market microstructure literature as well as proposals by lawmakers in the United States to increase the tick size for illiquid stocks.

Keywords: Equity Trading; Limit Order Markets; Tick Sizes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G10 G20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2017-06-21
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