The Price of Options Illiquidity
The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of illiquidity on the value of currency options. We use a unique data set which allows us to explore this issue in special circumstances where options are issued by a central bank and are not traded prior to maturity. The value of these options is compared to similar options traded on the exchange. We find that the non-tradable options are priced about 21% less than the exchange traded options. It is an anomaly that cannot be explained by non-hedgeable risks like jumps in the prices of the liquid options which we use in replicating the payoffs of the illiquid options.
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