I find significant increases in price and trading activity around the date of a token’s first cross-listing. Tokens observe a 49% raw cumulative return in the two weeks around the cross-listing date. Token trading volume is almost 50 times higher after cross-listing. The price increase is not related to cross-listing to larger volume marketplaces, but to marketplaces that serve different user/investors and have stricter listing and user identification requirements. Most importantly, this finding goes again the common idea of investors taking advantage of the crypto “Wild West”. I find investors prefer and reward tokens listed in more regulated marketplaces.

Raw and adjusted cumulative token returns around the date of first cross-listing

Source: The Economics of Digital Token Cross-Listings, Hugo Benedetti, 25 November 2018.

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About the Author:

Hugo Benedetti is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at Boston College. His current research agenda focuses on the asset pricing implications of crypto-marketplaces’ practices, and how these could set a precedent for legacy financial instruments as they evolve and implement blockchain-enabled technologies. His research has been featured in The Economist, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Nasdaq, as well as in several crypto-industry publications.

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