The Effects of Uncertainty on Market Liquidity: Evidence from Hurricane Sandy
45 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018
Date Written: 2018
We test the effects of uncertainty on market liquidity using Hurricane Sandy as a natural experiment. Given the unprecedented strength, scale and nature of the storm, the potential damages of a landfall near the Greater New York area were unpredictable and therefore uncertain. Using a difference-in-differences setting, we compare the market reactions of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) with and without properties in the widely-published evacuation zone of New York City prior to landfall. We find relatively less trading and wider bid-ask spreads in affected REITs. The results confirm theory on the detrimental effects of uncertainty on market functioning.
Keywords: uncertainty, liquidity, financial crisis, natural experiment
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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