Trading and arbitrage in cryptocurrency markets
Author(s)Makarov, Igor; Schoar, Antoinette
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Cryptocurrency markets exhibit periods of large, recurrent arbitrage opportunities across exchanges. These price deviations are much larger across than within countries, and smaller between cryptocurrencies, highlighting the importance of capital controls for the movement of arbitrage capital. Price deviations across countries co-move and open up in times of large bitcoin appreciation. Countries with higher bitcoin premia over the US bitcoin price see widening arbitrage deviations when bitcoin appreciates. Finally, we decompose signed volume on each exchange into a common and an idiosyncratic component. The common component explains 80% of bitcoin returns. The idiosyncratic components help explain arbitrage spreads between exchanges.
DepartmentSloan School of Management
Journal of Financial Economics
Makarov, Igor and Antoinette Schoar. "Trading and arbitrage in cryptocurrency markets." Journal of Financial Economics 135, 2 (February 2020): 293-319.
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