Earnings Announcements and Attention Constraints: The Role of Market Design

Posted: 22 Jan 2012

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Bidisha Chakrabarty

Saint Louis University - Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business

Pamela C. Moulton

Cornell University - SC Johnson College of Business

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Date Written: January 20, 2012

Abstract

We identify a new channel – market makers’ attention constraints – through which earnings announcements for one stock affect the liquidity of other stocks. When some stocks handled by a designated market maker have earnings announcements, liquidity is lower for non-announcement stocks handled by the same market maker, with the largest effects coming from earnings surprises and stocks with high earnings response coefficients. Half of the liquidity decline reflects attention constraints binding on the individual market maker, and the other half is explained by the market maker's inventory. We further find that a market design change that increases automation alleviates the liquidity effect of attention constraints, despite an increase in the number of stocks allocated to each market maker.

Keywords: earnings announcements, liquidity, attention constraints, market microstructure

Suggested Citation

Chakrabarty, Bidisha and Moulton, Pamela C., Earnings Announcements and Attention Constraints: The Role of Market Design (January 20, 2012). Journal of Accounting & Economics (JAE), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988996

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Pamela C. Moulton (Contact Author)

Cornell University - SC Johnson College of Business ( email )

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