Local Bias in Venture Capital Investments

40 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2007 Last revised: 15 Jul 2009

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Na Dai

SUNY at Albany - School of Business

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Date Written: July 13, 2009

Abstract

This paper examines local bias in the context of venture capital (VC) investments. Based on a sample of US VC investments between 1980 and June 2009, we find more reputable VCs (older, larger, more experienced, and with stronger IPO track record) and VCs with broader networks exhibit less local bias. Staging and preference for technology ventures increases VCs’ local bias. We also find that the VC exhibits stronger local bias when it acts as the lead VC and when it is investing alone. Finally, we show that distance matters for the eventual performance of VC investments.

Keywords: Home bias, private equity

JEL Classification: G24, G31, G32, G28, G33, G34, G35, G38

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Dai, Na, Local Bias in Venture Capital Investments (July 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1034222 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1034222

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