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The Behavior of Bid-Ask Spreads and Volume in Options Markets during the Competition for Listings in 1999

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  • Patrick De Fontnouvelle

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston)

  • Raymond P. H. Fishe

    (University of Richmond)

  • Jeffrey H. Harris

    (University of Delaware)

Abstract

In August 1999, U.S. exchanges began to compete directly for order flow in many options that had been exclusively listed on another exchange, shifting 37% of option volume to multiple-listing status by the end of September. Effective and quoted bid-ask spreads decrease significantly after multiple listings with spreads generally maintaining their initial lower levels 1 year later. These results hold for both time series and pooled regressions and are robust. We reject that economies of scale in market making cause the decrease in spreads and support the view that interexchange competition reduces option transaction costs. Copyright 2003 by the American Finance Association.

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  • Patrick De Fontnouvelle & Raymond P. H. Fishe & Jeffrey H. Harris, 2003. "The Behavior of Bid-Ask Spreads and Volume in Options Markets during the Competition for Listings in 1999," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 58(6), pages 2437-2464, December.
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