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Information Technology, Venture Capital and the Stock Market

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  • Singh, Ajit
  • Singh, Alaka
  • Wiess, Bruce

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This paper investigates the relationship between information technology and capital markets, specifically the enabling and stimulating role of the stock market in the `new economy.' A multivariate analysis is used to test the hypothesis that, other things being equal, a more fully developed and mature stock market encourages both faster development of ICT and its use. The findings reveal that stock markets are neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for promoting the development of ICT. Many economies, particularly in Northern Europe, have been able to achieve a high degree of ICT development without a central role for US-style venture capital, IPOs and stock market institutions. Others, with long flourishing stock markets, have failed to become leaders in ICT development. Even in relation to the US where the stock market has, arguably, enhanced the diffusion of ICT in the economy, the paper suggests the markets are not without considerable downsides.

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  • Singh, Ajit & Singh, Alaka & Wiess, Bruce, 2000. "Information Technology, Venture Capital and the Stock Market," Accounting and Finance Discussion Papers 00-af47, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
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    1. Fatemeh Faghani & Solmaz Habibi & Seyed Mehdi Tabatabaee & Leila Razavi & Mohammad Kazem Emadzadeh, 2013. "The Role of Information Technology on Stock Market Development," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 3(1), pages 353-358, January.
    2. Singh, Ajit & Singh, Alaka & Weisse, Bruce, 2002. "Corporate Governance, Competetion, The new International Financial Architecture and Large Corporations in Emerging Markets," MPRA Paper 24305, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Ajit Singh & Jack Glen & Ann Zammit & Rafael De-Hoyos & Alaka Singh & Bruce Weisse, 2005. "Shareholder Value Maximisation, Stock Market and New Technology: Should the US Corporate Model be the Universal Standard?," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 419-437.
    4. Ajit Singh, 2003. "Corporate governance, corporate finance and stock markets in emerging countries," Working Papers wp258, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
    5. Hali Edison & Torsten Sløk, 2003. "The impact from changes in stock market valuations on investment: new economy versus old economy," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(9), pages 1015-1023.
    6. Torsten M Sloek & Hali J Edison, 2001. "New Economy Stock Valuations and Investment in the 1990s," IMF Working Papers 01/78, International Monetary Fund.
    7. Charles Amo Yartey, 2006. "Financial Development, the Structure of Capital Markets, and the Global Digital Divide," IMF Working Papers 06/258, International Monetary Fund.

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    Keywords

    information technology; stock markets; venture capital; IPOs;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • L0 - Industrial Organization - - General
    • G0 - Financial Economics - - General

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