How Does Policy Uncertainty Affect Venture Capital?
66 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2017 Last revised: 27 Nov 2023
Date Written: August 9, 2023
This paper examines the effect of policy uncertainty on venture capital (VC) investment. Relying on plausibly exogenous variation in policy uncertainty caused by closely contested U.S. gubernatorial elections, we find that policy uncertainty negatively affects VC investment. The effect is more pronounced if VC investment is subject to higher illiquidity. However, some distinctive features of VCs (strategic motives, intensive post-investment monitoring, and preferences for early-stage and high-tech ventures) mitigate the effect of policy uncertainty, distinguishing the effect of policy uncertainty on VC investments (in private markets) from that in public markets. Our findings shed new light on the real effects of policy uncertainty in private markets.
Keywords: Venture Capital, Policy Uncertainty, Private Market
JEL Classification: G24, D81, M13
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