Theory-Based Illiquidity and Asset Pricing

59 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2008

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Tarun Chordia

Emory University - Department of Finance

Sahn-Wook Huh

State University of New York (SUNY) - Department of Finance

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Date Written: August 1, 2008

Abstract

Many proxies of illiquidity have been used in the literature that relates illiquidity to asset prices. These proxies have been motivated from an empirical standpoint. In this study, we approach liquidity estimation from a theoretical perspective. Our method explicitly recognizes the analytic dependence of illiquidity on more primitive drivers such as trading activity and information asymmetry. More specifically, we estimate illiquidity using structural formulae in line with Kyle's (1985) lambda for a comprehensive sample of stocks. The empirical results provide evidence that theory-based estimates of illiquidity are priced in the cross-section of expected stock returns, even after accounting for risk factors, firm characteristics known to influence returns, and other illiquidity proxies prevalent in the literature.

Keywords: illiquidity, Kyle lambda, theory-based illiquidity, asset pricing

Suggested Citation

Chordia, Tarun and Huh, Sahn-Wook and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar, Theory-Based Illiquidity and Asset Pricing (August 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1304733 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1304733

Tarun Chordia

Emory University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area ( email )

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Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School

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Queensland
Australia

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