Commonality in Liquidity

43 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 1999

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Tarun Chordia

Emory University - Department of Finance

Avanidhar Subrahmanyam

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Richard Roll

California Institute of Technology

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Date Written: March 1999


Traditionally and understandably, the microscope of market microstructure has focused on attributes of single assets. Little theoretical attention and virtually no empirical work has been devoted to common determinants of liquidity nor to their empirical manifestation, correlated movements in liquidity. But a wider-angle lens exposes an imposing image of commonality. Quoted spreads, quoted depth, and effective spreads co-move with market- and industry-wide liquidity. After controlling for well-known individual liquidity determinants such as volatility, volume, and price, common influences remain significant and material. Recognizing the existence of commonality is a key to uncovering some suggestive evidence that inventory risks and asymmetric information both affect intertemporal changes in liquidity.

JEL Classification: G10, G12, G19

Suggested Citation

Chordia, Tarun and Subrahmanyam, Avanidhar and Roll, Richard W., Commonality in Liquidity (March 1999). Available at SSRN: or

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