IPO Pricing in the Dot-Com Bubble

Posted: 18 Sep 2003

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Alexander Ljungqvist

Stockholm School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

William J. Wilhelm

University of Virginia - McIntire School of Commerce

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Abstract

IPO underpricing reached astronomical levels during 1999 and 2000. We show that the regime shift in initial returns and other elements of pricing behavior can be at least partially accounted for by marked changes in pre-IPO ownership structure and insider selling behavior over the period, which reduced key decision makers' incentives to control underpricing. After controlling for these changes, the difference in underpricing between 1999 and 2000 and the preceding three years is much reduced. Our results suggest that it was firm characteristics that were unique during the "dot-com bubble" and that pricing behavior followed from incentives created by these characteristics.

Suggested Citation

Ljungqvist, Alexander and Wilhelm, William J., IPO Pricing in the Dot-Com Bubble. Journal of Finance, Vol. 58, pp. 723-752, April 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416662

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