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Cliometrica

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 5–30 | Cite as

Time-varying price discovery in the eighteenth century: empirical evidence from the London and Amsterdam stock markets

  • Adrian R. Bell
  • Chris Brooks
  • Nick Taylor
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper examines the time-varying nature of price discovery in eighteenth century cross-listed stocks. Specifically, we investigate how quickly news is reflected in prices for two of the great moneyed companies, the Bank of England and the East India Company, over the period 1723–1794. These British companies were cross-listed on the London and Amsterdam stock exchange and news between the capitals flowed mainly via the use of boats that transported mail. We examine in detail the historical context surrounding the defining events of the period and use these as a guide to how the data should be analysed. We show that both trading venues contributed to price discovery, and although the London venue was more important for these stocks, its importance varies over time.

Keywords

Arbitrage Information shares Cross-listed stocks  Historical finance Eighteenth century stocks 

JEL Classification

N230 G140 C320 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to Gary Shea for kindly providing us with his data on the dividend payments for the companies. We are also grateful for useful comments on previous versions of this paper by the Founding Managing Editor, Claude Diebolt, and two anonymous referees.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICMA Centre, Henley Business SchoolUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Economics, Finance and ManagementUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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