Market Microstructure: A Review from Down Under

29 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2011

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Henk Berkman

University of Auckland - Business School

Carole Comerton-Forde

UNSW Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: March 1, 2011


The early automation of the Australian and New Zealand financial markets provided researchers with access to high-frequency data to undertake extensive empirical market microstructure research. We use this anniversary edition of Accounting and Finance to review some of this research and to discuss the development of the Australian and New Zealand markets since their automation. We identify issues currently facing the markets and highlight potential areas for future research. The paper also provides a review of market microstructure theory on inventory control models and asymmetric information models.

Keywords: Market microstructure, Transaction costs, Liquidity, Market design, Bidask spread

JEL Classification: G10, G34

Suggested Citation

Berkman, Henk and Comerton-Forde, Carole, Market Microstructure: A Review from Down Under (March 1, 2011). Accounting & Finance, Vol. 51, Issue 1, pp. 50-78, 2011, Available at SSRN: or

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