Measuring and analysing the asymmetry of liquidity

Rajat Tayal, Susan Thomas

This paper examines transactions costs in buying versus selling using a large database of snapshots of the limit order book. On the equity spot market, there is clear evidence of asymmetry in liquidity: transactions costs are lower for buy market orders when compared with sell market orders. In the identical setting, trading in single stock futures is also observed, and there is little evidence of asymmetry. This suggests that asymmetry in liquidity may be driven by short sales restrictions which are present on the spot market but not on the single stock futures market.

Citation: Measuring and analysing the asymmetry of liquidity, Rajat Tayal, Susan Thomas. IGIDR Working paper WP-2012-011, April 2012.