Understanding Commonality in Liquidity Around the World

GA Karolyi, K-H Lee, Mathijs van Dijk

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We examine how commonality in liquidity varies across countries and over time in ways related to supply determinants (funding liquidity of financial intermediaries) and demand determinants (correlated trading behavior of international and institutional investors, incentives to trade individual securities, and investor sentiment) of liquidity. Commonality in liquidity is greater in countries with and during times of high market volatility (especially, large market declines), greater presence of international investors, and more correlated trading activity. Our evidence is more reliably consistent with demand-side explanations and challenges the ability of the funding liquidity hypothesis to help us understand important aspects of financial market liquidity around the world, even during the recent financial crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-112
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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