DRE 4028 Market Microstructure and Frictions

DRE 4028 Market Microstructure and Frictions

Course code: 
DRE 4028
Course coordinator: 
Sven Klingler
Dagfinn Rime
Course name in Norwegian: 
Market Microstructure and Frictions
Product category: 
PhD Finance courses
2023 Spring
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

This course gives an introduction to models for understanding the importance of frictions in real-world financial markets. By frictions we mean deviations from the most basic set of assumptions underlying a competitive equilibrium. The first part covers the field of Market Microstructure, focusing on market institutions, asymmetric information and liquidity provision. The second part discuss several important applications where addressing frictions has improved our understanding of functioning of financial markets. Both theoretical and empirical approaches will be discussed.


Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Students should understand:

  • Importance of frictions for financial markets
  • Key sources of friction
  • Main theoretical models for dealing with frictions
  • Main empirical approaches for studying importance of frictions
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • Solve key theoretical models
  • Manage high-frequency data
  • Conduct statistical tests
General Competence

Students should have a good understanding of existing theories and be able to replicate key empirical studies

Course content

Market Microstructure (8 hours):

  • The frictionless benchmark
  • Information asymmetries
  • Liquidity provision
  • Empirical approaches

Frictions: Some applications (8 hours):

  • Market liquidity and funding liquidity risk
  • Proxies for “the” risk-free interest rate
  • Limits of arbitrage (theory)
  • Limits of arbitrage (empirics)
Teaching and learning activities
  • Lectures
  • Exercises that focus on both theoretical and empirical problems. Relevant data for the empirical problems will be provided
  • Attendance is mandatory (class participation counts 30 percent)
Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

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Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
DRE 40281
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No1 Week(s)Individual -
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Week(s)
Exam code:DRE 40281
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
14 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
43 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
21 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 3 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 80 hours.