Does Cross Listing Lead to Higher Firm Growth
Inder K. Khurana
University of Missouri at Columbia - Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
Washington University in Saint Louis - Olin School of Business
University of Missouri at Columbia - School of Accountancy
Review of Finance, Forthcoming
Extant research posits that cross-listing improves firms' access to lower cost external financing. But so far, there is scarce evidence that improved access to external funds through cross-listing contributes to higher firm growth. Documenting the relation between firm growth and cross-listing is critical because the presumption in prior research is that funds raised via cross-listing will be channeled towards potentially profitable projects. Using a sample of firms from 37 countries that are cross-listed in the U.S., we find a positive association between cross-listing and subsequent externally-financed firm growth rates. However, we do not find that increases in externally-financed firm growth after cross-listing vary systematically as a function of the home-country attributes of the cross-listed firms. Overall, our results provide new and direct evidence on the impact of cross-listing on firm growth rates.
Keywords: Cross Listing, External Financing, Cost of Capital, Firm Growth
JEL Classification: G15, G24, G31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 3, 2007
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