Price discovery and trading after hours: New evidence from the world’s largest carbon exchange

Gbenga Ibikunle, Andros Gregoriou, Naresh R. Pandit

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We investigate the impact of after-hours trading on magnitude and timing of price discovery over the close-to-close period on the world’s largest carbon trading platform, the European Climate Exchange (ECX). Low volume trading in carbon financial instruments can lead to relatively high levels of price discovery but the generated pricing has low efficiency levels. This is associated with high levels of informed trades and low levels of liquidity trades. Our results show higher trading volume per minute and greater price efficiency for after-hours when compared with regular trading hours. As a result of a higher proportion of informed trades, adverse selection costs for trades during the after-hours are significantly larger than those for trades during the regular trading-day.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-445
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of the Economics of Business
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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