An Empirical Study of Market Inefficiencies in Uniswap and SushiSwap [article]

Jan Arvid Berg, Robin Fritsch, Lioba Heimbach, Roger Wattenhofer
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Decentralized exchanges are revolutionizing finance. With their ever-growing increase in popularity, a natural question that begs to be asked is: how efficient are these new markets? We find that nearly 30% of analyzed trades are executed at an unfavorable rate. Additionally, we observe that, especially during the DeFi summer in 2020, price inaccuracies across the market plagued DEXes. Uniswap and SushiSwap, however, quickly adapt to their increased volumes. We see an increase in market
more » ... cy with time during the observation period. Nonetheless, the DEXes still struggle to track the reference market when cryptocurrency prices are highly volatile. During such periods of high volatility, we observe the market becoming less efficient - manifested by an increased prevalence in cyclic arbitrage opportunities.
arXiv:2203.07774v2 fatcat:44l3lpkmwff37ko2g4yvqnzope