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Market Microstructure

  • Teacher(s):   F.Riva  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2019-2020, 2.0h. course + 1.0h exercices (weekly average)
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  • Related programmes:
    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Asset and Risk Management

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance : Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Corporate Finance



The way securities trade markedly differs from the idealized description of frictionless markets offered by standard finance textbooks. In real-world exchanges, frictions are commonplace; they affect trading behavior, quotes, prices, and give rise to trading costs. Market microstructure precisely aims at understanding why frictions emerge and what are their consequences for market quality, most importantly price effciency and liquidity.

In this course, students will learn how markets work (basic trading mechanisms and current market structures), what are (implicit) transaction costs and why they arise on markets, how they affect prices and how they impact decision making. They will also learn how to estimate these costs and how to manage them. The course will combine institutional features, theoretical models and estimation techniques.


The course is structured around five topics:

  1. Trading mechanisms
  2. Transaction cost determinants
  3. Transaction cost estimation techniques
  4. Transaction cost management
  5. Modern markets
  6. Market microstructure and asset pricing


The primary textbook reference:

Thierry Foucault, Marco Pagano, Ailsa Roell, "Market Liquidity: Theory, Evidence, and Policy", Oxford University Press, 2013. (Foucault, Pagano, Roell 2013)

Additional textbook references:

Joel Hasbrouck, "Empirical Market Microstructure", Oxford University Press, 2007. (Hasbrouck 2007)

Larry Harris, "Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners", Oxford University Press, 2003. (Harris 2003)


Mathematics for Economics and Finance

Introduction to Finance


First attempt

Written 2h00 hours
Allowed with restrictions
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Written 2h00 hours
Allowed with restrictions
Allowed with restrictions

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