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Technology Adoption with Exit in Imperfectly Informed Equity Markets

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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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  • Katrin Tinn, 2010. "Technology Adoption with Exit in Imperfectly Informed Equity Markets," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 100(3), pages 925-957, June.
  • 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. Hsu, Hung-Chia Scott, 2013. "Technology timing of IPOs and venture capital incubation," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(C), pages 36-55.
    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. Chemla, Gilles & Tinn, Katrin, 2016. "Learning through Crowdfunding," CEPR Discussion Papers 11363, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Tinn, K & Vourvachaki, E, 2012. "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.
    5. 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 - Economics Institute, Prague.

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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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