Search Costs and Investor Trading Activity: Evidences from Limit Order Book
William T. LIn
Tamkang University - Banking & Finance
National Taiwan Normal University
David S. Sun
Kai Nan University
June 15, 2011
Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Forthcoming
We analyze in this study investor trading behavior based not on information related assumptions but on the search model of Vayanos and Wang (2007). Our study shows that search cost dictates trading polarization across investors, firm size and time of day. We find that individual investors prefer to trade at market open, while institutional investors trade more heavily near market close. Trading costs indicate that it is less costly for institutional investors to trade large cap stocks at market close than at open. Search cost is related significantly to order-based market liquidity measures depending on time of day, market capitalizations and investor type.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Liquidity, search model, limit order book, market depth, execution cost
JEL Classification: C14, D82, D83, G12, L11
Date posted: March 12, 2012 ; Last revised: April 26, 2013
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