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Technology Adoption with Exit in Imperfectly Informed Equity Markets

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  • Katrin Tinn

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This paper focuses on the importance of equity markets in facilitating the exit of entrepreneurs investing in technology. Entrepreneurs' willingness to invest and aggregate output is affected in two opposite ways. First, uncertainty about equity price or lack of market liquidity discourages technology adoption. This can explain slow technology adoption and limited participation by venture capitalists in underdeveloped equity markets. Second, fast adoption is a positive signal to imperfectly informed equity market participants. This provides a rational explanation for overpricing technology stocks and overinvestment in developed markets. Fast adoption is most probable at an intermediate quality of information. (JEL D82, E23, G12, G31, G32, O33)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 100 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 925-57

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:100:y:2010:i:3:p:925-57

Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.100.3.925
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  1. Tinn, K & Vourvachaki, E, 2013. "Can overpricing of technology stocks be good for welfare? Positive spillovers vs. equity market losses," Working Papers 12192, Imperial College, London, Imperial College Business School.
  2. Bruno Coric, 2010. "Investments and capital market imperfections, identification issues: a survey," Financial Theory and Practice, Institute of Public Finance, vol. 34(4), pages 407-434.
  3. Katrin Tinn & Evangelia Vourvachaki, 2009. "Can Optimism about Technology Stocks Be Good for Welfare? Positive Spillovers vs. Equity Market Losses," CERGE-EI Working Papers wp383, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.

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