Does Short Selling Erode Market Liquidity?

13 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2014 Last revised: 4 Feb 2015

Vichet Sum

University of Maryland Eastern Shore - School of Business and Technology

An Wang

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 16, 2014

Abstract

This study examines how stock market liquidity dynamically responds to the spike in short interest ratio and dissects the causal linkage between short interest ratio and stock market liquidity. Based on the analysis of monthly data from 1931M6 to 2013M7, the results show that the percentage change in the NYSE share volume turnover significantly drops structurally following the spike to the percentage change in the NYSE short-interest ratio. The Granger causality test also shows that there is a causal direction running from the percentage change in the NYSE short-interest ratio to the percentage change in the NYSE share volume turnover suggesting that short selling causes the erosion of stock market liquidity.

Keywords: short interest ratio, stock market liquidity, trading activity, SVAR

JEL Classification: G12, G14

Suggested Citation

Sum, Vichet and Wang, An, Does Short Selling Erode Market Liquidity? (January 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379931 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2379931

Vichet Sum (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Eastern Shore - School of Business and Technology ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.umes.edu/bma/Sum.html

An Wang

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

College Park, MD 20742
United States

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