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Robust determinants of IPO underpricing and their implications for IPO research

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  • Butler, Alexander W.
  • Keefe, Michael O'Connor
  • Kieschnick, Robert

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Using several different methodologies, we quantify the statistical robustness of variables used in prior research to explain initial IPO returns. We establish a parsimonious list of robust variables and evaluate their implications for different theories of IPO underpricing and clustering. Further, we illustrate how using such a set of robust explanatory variables leads to several different conclusions than prior research that failed to include these important control variables. Researchers who identify new potential predictors of IPO initial returns should control for the list of robust variables we identify.

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  • Butler, Alexander W. & Keefe, Michael O'Connor & Kieschnick, Robert, 2014. "Robust determinants of IPO underpricing and their implications for IPO research," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 367-383.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:corfin:v:27:y:2014:i:c:p:367-383
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2014.06.002
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    Keywords

    IPO; Initial returns; Underpricing; Underwriting; Going public;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General

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