68 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2008 Last revised: 2 Sep 2017
Date Written: February 21, 2008
Liquidity plays an increasingly important role in empirical asset pricing, market efficiency, and corporate finance. Identifying high quality proxies for liquidity based on daily data only (not intraday data) would permit liquidity to be studied over relatively long timeframes and across many countries. We introduce new liquidity measures. We run horseraces of both monthly and annual liquidity measures. Our benchmarks are effective spread, realized spread, and price impact based on both TAQ and Rule 605 data, including the decimals era. We identify the best proxies in each case and find that the new liquidity measures win the majority of horseraces.
Keywords: Liquidity, transaction costs, effective spread, price impact, asset pricing
JEL Classification: C15, G12, G20
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Goyenko, Ruslan and Holden, Craig W. and Trzcinka, Charles, Do Liquidity Measures Measure Liquidity? (February 21, 2008). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Vol. 92, No. 153-181, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1108553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1108553
By Meb Faber