Concentration and liquidity costs in emerging commodity exchanges

Geraldo Costa, Andres Trujillo-Barrera, Joost M.E. Pennings

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We analyze the relationships among liquidity costs, volume, and volatility in the Brazilian agricultural futures market, along with the role of market concentration. We estimate a structural three-equation IV-GMM model using data from Bolsa, Brasil, Balcão corn and live cattle contracts from March 2014 to February 2016. Results show a negative association between liquidity costs and volume and a positive association between liquidity costs and volatility. Market concentration impacts corn and live cattle differently. Concentration contributes to volume reduction for live cattle and to liquidity costs reduction for corn. Our findings shed light on the microstructure of emerging markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-456
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • Bid-ask spread
  • Volatility
  • Volume


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