Regulatory changes and market liquidity in Chinese stock markets

Lei Gao, Gerhard Kling

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Abstract

Our study measures the impact of institutional reforms in China on market liquidity. Using monthly data on turnover ratios, turnover–volatility ratios and stock returns for the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchange and applying an intervention model, we detect a considerable impact of regulatory changes on liquidity. Motivated by the inventory paradigm and the disposition effect, our empirical model accounts for market returns and macroeconomic shocks. The ban of futures trading reduced market liquidity; however, lower commissions enhanced trading. Market reforms were favorable for the development of financial markets—but these effects were not long lasting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-175
Number of pages14
JournalEmerging markets review
Volume7
Issue number2
Early online date5 May 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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Keywords

  • Shanghai
  • Shenzen
  • Disposition effect
  • Liquidity
  • Regulation

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