Empirical Results and Extensions

  • Luc Bauwens
  • Pierre Giot
Part of the Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Applied Econometrics book series (ASTA, volume 38)


In this chapter we consider two extensions of the models presented in Chapter 3. Firstly, we use the intraday duration models to test some market microstructure effects. The models presented in Chapter 3 introduce a new way of modelling the times between market events and are directly related to quantitative tools developed in labour econometrics. While the models can be used to characterize the point processes defined by trade, quote, price or volume durations, they can also be used to test market microstructure effects such as presented in Chapter 1. This has been one of the main motivations for the use of such intraday duration models, and most recent papers focusing on the econometric modelling of the durations usually include a market microstructure section (Engle and Russell, 1997, 1998; Engle and Lunde, 1998; Bauwens and Giot, 1998, 2000; Grammig and Wellner, 1999). In Section 2 of this chapter, we review some possible applications of the Log-ACD model to the testing of market microstructure issues which deal with the (bid-ask quotes) updating behavior of a market maker with respect to the information flow.


Trading Intensity Trading Strategy Price Process Market Maker Market Microstructure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luc Bauwens
    • 1
  • Pierre Giot
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Catholique de Louvain (CORE)Belgium
  2. 2.University of MaastrichtThe Netherlands

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