Free Float and Market Liquidity: A Study of Hong Kong Government Intervention
Posted: 8 Mar 2004
The August 1998 Hong Kong government intervention in the stock market offers a natural experiment for studying the relation between a free float and market liquidity, where a free float is the portion of listed share capital that is freely traded on the market. Our findings show that, relative to a group of control stocks, there was an increase in the price effects of trades for the 33 Hang Seng Index component stocks that were bought by the government. On the other hand, there was no clear cross-sectional relation between the change in the price effect and the magnitude of government holdings or the decrease in the free float.
JEL Classification: G14
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