The High-Frequency Trading Arms Race: Frequent Batch Auctions as a Market Design Response
Peter Cramton, Eric Budish and John Shim ,
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Quarterly Journal of Economics

The high-frequency trading arms race is a symptom of flawed market design. Instead of the continuous limit order book market design that is currently predominant, we argue that financial exchanges should use frequent batch auctions: uniform price double auctions conducted, e.g., every tenth of a second. That is, time should be treated as discrete instead of continuous, and orders should be processed in a batch auction instead of serially. Our argument has three parts.

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