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Underwriter Reputation, Initial Returns, and the Long-Run Performance of IPO Stocks


  • Richard B. Carter

    (College of Business, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011)

  • Frederick H. Dark

    (College of Business, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011)

  • Ajai K. Singh

    (College of Business, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011)


We find that the underperformance of IPO stocks relative to the market over a three-year holding period is less severe for IPOs handled by more prestigious underwriters. Consistent with prior studies, we also find that IPOs managed by more reputable underwriters are associated with less short-run underpricing. Among the various existing proxies for underwriter reputation, the Carter-Manaster measure is the most significant in the context of initial returns and also in the context of the three-year performance of IPOs. The study also provides an updated list of the Carter-Manaster measure for various underwriters. Copyright The American Finance Association 1998.

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  • Richard B. Carter & Frederick H. Dark & Ajai K. Singh, 1998. "Underwriter Reputation, Initial Returns, and the Long-Run Performance of IPO Stocks," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 53(1), pages 285-311, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:53:y:1998:i:1:p:285-311

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