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Stock Markets and Corporate Performance: A Comparison of Quoted and Unquoted Firms

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  • Alexander, Ian
  • Mayer, Colin

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This paper examines the influence of stock markets on corporate performance. It compares large private and publicly listed companies in the UK. It finds that, controlling for size and industry, quoted firms invest more and grow more rapidly than unquoted firms. They earn higher profits and pay out a higher proportion of their earnings as dividends. They raise more equity finance but use this to purchase equity in other companies. In contrast, private companies are concentrated in low technology industries. There is therefore no evidence of adverse effects of stock markets on corporate performance. The proposition that firms are involuntarily driven to seek listings, however, cannot be rejected.

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  • Alexander, Ian & Mayer, Colin, 1991. "Stock Markets and Corporate Performance: A Comparison of Quoted and Unquoted Firms," CEPR Discussion Papers 571, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:571
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    Cited by:

    1. Marco Pagano & Fabio Panetta & and Luigi Zingales, 1998. "Why Do Companies Go Public? An Empirical Analysis," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 53(1), pages 27-64, February.
    2. Mustafa Caglayan & Abdul Rashid, 2014. "The Response Of Firms' Leverage To Risk: Evidence From Uk Public Versus Nonpublic Manufacturing Firms," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 52(1), pages 341-363, January.
    3. Mustafa Caglayan & Abdul Rashid, 2010. "The response of firms' leverage to uncertainty: Evidence from UK public versus non-public firms," Working Papers 2010019, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2010.
    4. Ignacio Hernando & Javier Valles, 1994. "Algunas diferencias en la productividad de las empresas manufactureras espaƱolas," Investigaciones Economicas, FundaciĆ³n SEPI, vol. 18(1), pages 117-141, January.

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    Keywords

    Corporate Finance and Investment; Short Termism; Stock Markets;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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