Regulated Price and Demand in China’s IPO Market
35 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2018 Last revised: 31 May 2019
Date Written: October 25, 2018
We use simultaneous equations to model the bi-directional causality between IPO initial returns and oversubscription ratios in China. We find that the causality is one-directional from oversubscription ratios to IPO initial returns in the post-reform period (2005–2015), which is consistent with a demand effect. By contrast, a demand effect did not exist in the pre-reform period (1996–2004). Our findings suggest that the 2005 reform of the IPO pricing mechanism has allowed IPO prices to be determined by market forces in China.
Keywords: Initial Public Offering; IPO Underpricing, IPO Oversubscription, Endogeneity, Simultaneous Equations, A-share Markets
JEL Classification: G15, G24, C01
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