Should I Stay or Should I Go? Trading Behavior Under Ambiguity
81 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2020
Date Written: June 17, 2020
We provide new empirical evidence on investors' firm-level trading behavior in response to daily changes in stock ambiguity-Knightian uncertainty. The effect of ambiguity is distinct from and contrasts with the well-documented effect of risk, and shares a similar economic significance. An increase in ambiguity is associated with a subsequent reduction in stock and option trading and holdings, and is consistent with limited participation. A similar response is triggered by closest peers' ambiguity, suggesting information spillovers. Interestingly, an increase in ambiguity is associated with a subsequent increase in book-depth and a lower price impact, consistent with information inertia.
Keywords: Knightian uncertainty, Ambiguity measure, Ambiguity aversion, Limited participation, Portfolio inertia, Information inertia, Liquidity, Expected utility with uncertain probabilities
JEL Classification: D81, D83, G11, G12
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