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Financial Market Microstructure - ECO00019M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Peter Smith
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

To introduce students to the mechanisms of price setting in financial markets. The topics covered include: trading structures; continuous trading and the consequences for data measurement, transactions data as well as foreign exchange market microstructure.

Module learning outcomes

On completing the module the student will be able to:

understand and explain the mechanisms of price setting in financial markets

appreciate the importance of both theoretical and empirical developments in this field

have a good understanding of the key areas of financial economics where microstructure matters most.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Financial Market Microstructure
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Financial Market Microstructure
2 hours 100

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Indicative reading

De Jong, F. and Rindi, B., The Microstructure of Financial Markets, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009.

Lyons, R., The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rates, MIT Press, Boston, 2001.

Madhavan, A., Market Microstructure: A Survey, Journal of Financial markets, 3, 205-258, 2000.

O'Hara, M., Market Microstructure Theory, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1995.

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