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Illiquidity Premia in the Equity Options Market

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  • Peter Christoffersen

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    (University of Toronto and CREATES)

  • Ruslan Goyenko

    ()
    (McGill University)

  • Kris Jacobs

    ()
    (University of Houston)

  • Mehdi Karoui

    ()
    (McGill University)

Abstract

Illiquidity is well-known to be a significant determinant of stock and bond returns. We report on illiquidity premia in the equity options market. An increase in option illiquidity decreases the current option price and implies higher expected option returns. This effect is statistically and economically signifi?cant. It is robust across different empirical approaches and when including various control variables. The illiquidity of the underlying stock affects the option return negatively, consistent with a hedging argument: When stock market illiquidity increases, the cost of replicating the option goes up, which increases the option price and reduces its expected return.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2013-48.

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Date of creation: 03 2013
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Keywords: illiquidity; equity options; cross-section; option returns; option smile;

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