Title

An Explanation of the Volatility Disparity between the Domestic and Foreign Shares in the Chinese Stock Markets

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

Return volatility is found significantly higher for the foreign shares (B shares) than for the domestic shares (A shares) traded in the Chinese stock markets. To explain this volatility disparity, we investigate the bid–ask spreads and estimate the market-making costs (informed trading and noninformed trading costs) for each stock. Our results show that the B-share market in China contains higher informed trading and other market-making costs than the A-share market. When informed trading and other cost components are accounted for, the volatility disparity between the A and B shares disappears. Thus, the higher volatility in the B-share market can be attributed to the higher market-making costs faced by B-share traders.

Keywords

Volatility, Bid–ask spreads, Informed trading costs, Chinese stock markets

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

International Review of Economics and Finance

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

171

Last Page

186

ISSN

1059-0560

Identifier

10.1016/s1059-0560(03)00003-0

Publisher

Elsevier