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A Theory of IPO Waves


  • Ping He


In the IPO market, investors coordinate on acceptable IPO price based on the performance of past IPOs, and this generates an incentive for investment banks to produce information about IPO firms. In hot periods, the information produced by investment banks improves the quality of IPO firms, and this allows ex ante low quality firms to go public and increases the secondary market price, thus synchronizing high IPO volumes and high first day returns. When investment banks behave asymmetrically in information production, the “reputations” of investment banks are interpreted as a form of market segmentation to economize on the social cost of information production. , Oxford University Press.

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  • Ping He, 2007. "A Theory of IPO Waves," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 20(4), pages 983-1020.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:20:y:2007:i:4:p:983-1020

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    5. Premti, Arjan & Madura, Jeff, 2013. "Motives and consequences of IPOs in cold periods," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 53(4), pages 486-496.

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