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Market Microstructure Design and Flash Crashes: A Simulation Approach

Brewer, Paul and Cvitanić, Jakša and Plott, Charles R. (2013) Market Microstructure Design and Flash Crashes: A Simulation Approach. Journal of Applied Economics, 16 (2). pp. 223-250. ISSN 1514-0326. doi:10.1016/S1514-0326(13)60010-0.

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We study consequences of regulatory interventions in limit order markets that aim at stabilizing the market after an occurrence of a “flash crash”. We use a simulation platform that creates random arrivals of trade orders, that allows us to analyze subtle theoretical features of liquidity and price variability under various market structures. The simulations are performed under continuous double-auction microstructure, and under alternatives, including imposing minimum resting times, shutting off trading for a period of time, and switching to call auction mechanisms. We find that the latter is the most effective in restoring the liquidity of the book and recovery of the price level. However, one has to be cautious about possible consequences of the intervention on the traders’ strategies, including an undesirable slowdown of a convergence to a new equilibrium after a change in fundamentals.

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Additional Information:© 2013 Universidad del CEMA. Published by Elsevier B.V. The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the California Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Political Science (EEPS) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Formerly SSWP 1365.
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Subject Keywords: market microstructure; flash crash; high frequency trading; call markets; market regulation; market simulation
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Classification Code:JEL classification codes: G17; G18
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Official Citation:Paul Brewer, Jaksa Cvitanic, Charles R. Plott, MARKET MICROSTRUCTURE DESIGN AND FLASH CRASHES: A SIMULATION APPROACH, Journal of Applied Economics, Volume 16, Issue 2, November 2013, Pages 223-250, ISSN 1514-0326, (
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