Microstructure of the Chinese Stock Market: A Historical Survey

71 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2019

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Zhe Peng

Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics

Date Written: November 01, 2019


This paper examines how the Chinese stock market has evolved from the late 1980s to the end of 2018. We show that the current market design, trading mechanism, and regulatory framework are shaped not only by China's economic development and external events but also by frequent government interventions. The segmentation of the stock market is unique in the way that various sub-markets differentiate among target investors and types of listed firms. Since the degree of segmentation has varied over time, caution must be exercised when analyzing equity data that span multiple years and different trading venues. In the meanwhile, certain characteristics that were regarded as peculiarly ``of Chinese characteristics,'' such as the state-owned funds designed to cushion large market declines, also have their counterparts in developed markets. Since comprehensive accounts of these issues are limited, we summarize the existing empirical studies and mention some caveats. We also describe the available data-sets and suggest some topics for future research.

Keywords: Chinese Stock Market, Market Microstructure, Economic Reform, Market Design, Trading Rules, Intraday Patterns, Stock Market Regulations, Trade and Quote Data, Financial History

JEL Classification: G14, G18

Suggested Citation

Peng, Zhe, Microstructure of the Chinese Stock Market: A Historical Survey (November 01, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486604

Zhe Peng (Contact Author)

Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5

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