The Cost of Short Selling Liquid Securities
Standard models of liquidity argue that the higher price for a liquid security reflects the future benefits that long investors expect to receive. We show that short-sellers can also pay a net liquidity premium, if their cost to borrow the security is higher than the price premium they collect from selling it. We provide a model-free decomposition of the price premium for liquid securities into the net premiums paid by both long investors and short- sellers. Empirically, we find that short-sellers were responsible for a substantial fraction of the liquidity premium for on-the-run Treasuries from November 1995 through July 2009.
Banerjee, Snehal and Jeremy Graveline. 2013. The Cost of Short Selling Liquid Securities. Journal of Finance . 68(2): 637-664.