Arbitraging Liquidity

78 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2016 Last revised: 6 Jun 2017

Date Written: January 15, 2017


This paper shows how arbitrage activity contributes to the convergence of liquidity across markets. Based on simple arbitrage arguments, I show how arbitrageurs' market and limit orders create co-movement across markets of bid prices, ask prices, and bid-ask spreads. Empirically, I document how the intensity of arbitrage activity increases the co-movement of market liquidity between securities linked by arbitrage. I test these hypotheses on Canadian stocks cross-listed in the United States, and then verify the generality of my results by repeating the analysis for the commonality across stocks and corporate bonds linked by capital structure arbitrage.

Keywords: Limits to arbitrage, arbitrage trading, commonality in liquidity, cross-listed stocks

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15, G23

Suggested Citation

Tomio, Davide, Arbitraging Liquidity (January 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Davide Tomio (Contact Author)

Darden School of Business ( email )

100 Darden Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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