nep-mst New Economics Papers
on Market Microstructure
Issue of 2023‒04‒17
four papers chosen by
Thanos Verousis
University of Essex

  1. Neural Stochastic Agent-Based Limit Order Book Simulation: A Hybrid Methodology By Zijian Shi; John Cartlidge
  2. A Myersonian Framework for Optimal Liquidity Provision in Automated Market Makers By Jason Milionis; Ciamac C. Moallemi; Tim Roughgarden
  3. High-Frequency Volatility Estimation with Fast Multiple Change Points Detection By Greeshma Balabhadra; El Mehdi Ainasse; Pawel Polak
  4. NFT Bubbles By Andrea Barbon; Angelo Ranaldo

  1. By: Zijian Shi; John Cartlidge
    Abstract: Modern financial exchanges use an electronic limit order book (LOB) to store bid and ask orders for a specific financial asset. As the most fine-grained information depicting the demand and supply of an asset, LOB data is essential in understanding market dynamics. Therefore, realistic LOB simulations offer a valuable methodology for explaining empirical properties of markets. Mainstream simulation models include agent-based models (ABMs) and stochastic models (SMs). However, ABMs tend not to be grounded on real historical data, while SMs tend not to enable dynamic agent-interaction. To overcome these limitations, we propose a novel hybrid LOB simulation paradigm characterised by: (1) representing the aggregation of market events' logic by a neural stochastic background trader that is pre-trained on historical LOB data through a neural point process model; and (2) embedding the background trader in a multi-agent simulation with other trading agents. We instantiate this hybrid NS-ABM model using the ABIDES platform. We first run the background trader in isolation and show that the simulated LOB can recreate a comprehensive list of stylised facts that demonstrate realistic market behaviour. We then introduce a population of `trend' and `value' trading agents, which interact with the background trader. We show that the stylised facts remain and we demonstrate order flow impact and financial herding behaviours that are in accordance with empirical observations of real markets.
    Date: 2023–02
  2. By: Jason Milionis; Ciamac C. Moallemi; Tim Roughgarden
    Abstract: In decentralized finance ("DeFi"), automated market makers (AMMs) enable traders to programmatically exchange one asset for another. Such trades are enabled by the assets deposited by liquidity providers (LPs). The goal of this paper is to characterize and interpret the optimal (i.e., profit-maximizing) strategy of a monopolist liquidity provider, as a function of that LP's beliefs about asset prices and trader behavior. We introduce a general framework for reasoning about AMMs. In this model, the market maker (i.e., LP) chooses a demand curve that specifies the quantity of a risky asset (such as BTC or ETH) to be held at each dollar price. Traders arrive sequentially and submit a price bid that can be interpreted as their estimate of the risky asset price; the AMM responds to this submitted bid with an allocation of the risky asset to the trader, a payment that the trader must pay, and a revised internal estimate for the true asset price. We define an incentive-compatible (IC) AMM as one in which a trader's optimal strategy is to submit its true estimate of the asset price, and characterize the IC AMMs as those with downward-sloping demand curves and payments defined by a formula familiar from Myerson's optimal auction theory. We characterize the profit-maximizing IC AMM via a generalization of Myerson's virtual values. The optimal demand curve generally has a jump that can be interpreted as a "bid-ask spread, " which we show is caused by a combination of adverse selection risk (dominant when the degree of information asymmetry is large) and monopoly pricing (dominant when asymmetry is small).
    Date: 2023–02
  3. By: Greeshma Balabhadra; El Mehdi Ainasse; Pawel Polak
    Abstract: We propose high-frequency volatility estimators with multiple change points that are $\ell_1$-regularized versions of two classical estimators: quadratic variation and bipower variation. We establish consistency of these estimators for the true unobserved volatility and the change points locations under general sub-Weibull distribution assumptions on the jump process. The proposed estimators employ the computationally efficient least angle regression algorithm for estimation purposes, followed by a reduced dynamic programming step to refine the final number of change points. In terms of numerical performance, the proposed estimators are computationally fast and accurately identify breakpoints near the end of the sample, which is highly desirable in today's electronic trading environment. In terms of out-of-sample volatility prediction, our new estimators provide more realistic and smoother volatility forecasts, and they outperform a wide range of classical and recent volatility estimators across various frequencies and forecasting horizons.
    Date: 2023–03
  4. By: Andrea Barbon; Angelo Ranaldo
    Abstract: By investigating nonfungible tokens (NFTs), we provide the first systematic study of retail investor behavior through asset bubbles. Given that NFTs are recorded in public blockchains, we are able to track investor behavior over time, leading to the identification of numerous price run-ups and crashes. Our study reveals that agent-level variables, such as investor sophistication, heterogeneity, and wash trading, in addition to aggregate variables, such as volatility, price acceleration, and turnover, significantly predict bubble formation and price crashes. We find that sophisticated investors consistently outperform others and exhibit characteristics consistent with superior information and skills, supporting the narrative surrounding asset pricing bubbles.
    Date: 2023–03

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