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Underpricing and entrepreneurial wealth losses in IPOs: theory and evidence



Publishing details

IFA Working Paper

Authors / Editors

Habib M A;Ljungqvist A

Publication Year



We model owners as solving a multidimensional problem when taking their firms public. Owners can affect the level of underpricing through the choices they make in promoting an issue, such as which underwriter to hire or on what exchange to list. The benefits of reducing underpricing in this way depend on the owners' participation in the offering and the magnitude of the dilution they suffer on retained shares. We argue that the extent to which owners trade off underpricing and promotion is determined by the minimization of their wealth losses. Evidence from a sample of U.S. initial public offering confirms our empirical predictions.

Publication Research Centre

Institute of Finance and Accounting

Series Number

FIN 268


IFA Working Paper

Available on ECCH


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