The Merger-Adjusted US Listing Gap
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Research Paper Series, No. 354758
67 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2020 Last revised: 2 Jul 2020
Date Written: June 30, 2020
We adjust the US stock-exchange listing count for all significant transactions that move corporate assets into or out of the stock market - in particular mergers and acquisitions. In contrast to the actual listing count, the US merger-adjusted count hardly peaks over 1980--2017 and does not exhibit a gap vis-a-vis merger-adjusted listings in other countries. Moreover, we show that while actual listing peaks followed by sharp declines are common internationally, the post-peak decline reflects a reallocation of assets between public firms in the US, while declines elsewhere largely tunnel assets out of public markets.
Keywords: Stock exchange listing, IPOs, new lists, delists, listing gap, merger-adjusted gap, mergers, acquisitions
JEL Classification: G15, G34
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