Choice between IEO and ICO: speed vs. liquidity vs. risk

Miglo, A. (2022) Choice between IEO and ICO: speed vs. liquidity vs. risk. FinTech, 1(3), pp. 276-293. (doi: 10.3390/fintech1030021)

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This paper analyzes a financing problem for an innovative firm that is considering launching a web-based platform. The model developed in the paper is the first one that analyzes an entrepreneur’s choice between initial exchange offering (IEO) and initial coin offering (ICO). Compared to ICO, under IEO the firm is subject to screening by an exchange that reduces the risk of investment in tokens; also the firm receives access to a larger set of potential investors; finally tokens become listed on an exchange faster. The paper argues that IEO is a better option for the firm if: (1) the investment size is relatively large; (2) the extent of moral hazard problems faced by the firm is relatively large; (3) the degree of investors’ impatience is relatively small. Furthermore, a non-linear relationship between firm quality and its financing choice is found. Most of these predictions are new and have not been tested so far.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miglo, Dr Anton
Authors: Miglo, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:FinTech
ISSN (Online):2674-1032
Published Online:09 September 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in FinTech 1(3): 276-293
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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