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


  • Alexander, Ian
  • Mayer, Colin


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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    1. Marco Pagano & Fabio Panetta & Luigi Zingales, "undated". "Why Do Companies Go Public? An Empirical Analysis," CRSP working papers 330, Center for Research in Security Prices, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.
    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. Anna Paola Micheli & Carmelo Intrisano & Anna Maria Calce, 2021. "Listing and Value: A Cross-Country Analysis in the Energy Sector," International Business Research, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 14(12), pages 147-147, December.
    4. F. Schoubben & C. Van Hulle, 2004. "The Determinants of Leverage. Differences between Quoted and Non Quoted Firms," Review of Business and Economic Literature, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Review of Business and Economic Literature, vol. 0(4), pages 589-621.
    5. 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.
    6. Carmelo Intrisano & Anna Paola Micheli & Anna Maria Calce, 2020. "Does Stock Listing Affect Value Creation and Profitability? Evidence from European Listed and Unlisted Companies," International Journal of Economics and Finance, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 12(11), pages 130-130, November.
    7. 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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    Corporate Finance and Investment; Short Termism; Stock Markets;
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    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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