59 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2013 Last revised: 7 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 4, 2014
We examine a number of unexplored factors that affect the ex-post adoption rates of newly listed stock options. We show that a variety of measures of information asymmetries concerning underlying stocks predict option adoption rates. These predictive relationships are robust to control factors that have been found to be significant in earlier literature, such as stock volatility and volume. Moreover, we report that not only information asymmetries prior to option listings forecast a successful listing, but that successful listings themselves end up reducing ex-post the extent of the information asymmetries affecting a stock.
Keywords: stock options, option listings, asymmetric information, adoption rates, option volume, open interest
JEL Classification: D82, G10, G14, O31
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