Initial Public Offerings and the Local Economy

57 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2017 Last revised: 31 Jan 2019

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Jess Cornaggia

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Finance

Matthew Gustafson

Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business

Jason D. Kotter

Brigham Young University - Department of Finance

Kevin Pisciotta

University of Kansas - School of Business

Date Written: January 15, 2019

Abstract

We provide evidence that a firm’s transition from private to public ownership stunts local economic growth, especially in less populated and poorer areas. After accounting for endogeneity in the ownership decision, areas hosting companies that go public experience muted growth in employment, establishments, population, and wages, relative to areas where firms remain private. Establishment-level analyses and tests of IPO filer acquisition activity reveal that transitioning to public ownership causes firms to geographically diversify their establishments and employee base. These findings are consistent with public ownership reducing a firm’s reliance on local agglomeration economies, to the detriment of the local community.

Keywords: IPO, Economic Growth

JEL Classification: G38, J61, J21, G30, G32

Suggested Citation

Cornaggia, Jess and Gustafson, Matthew and Kotter, Jason D. and Pisciotta, Kevin, Initial Public Offerings and the Local Economy (January 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3036176 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3036176

Jess Cornaggia (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Finance ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

HOME PAGE: http://jesscornaggia.com

Matthew Gustafson

Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business ( email )

East Park Avenue
University Park, PA 16802
United States

Jason D. Kotter

Brigham Young University - Department of Finance ( email )

United States

Kevin Pisciotta

University of Kansas - School of Business ( email )

Capital Federal Hall
1654 Naismith Dr
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

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