IPOs, clustering, indirect learning and filing independently

Hugh M.J. Colaco, Chinmoy Ghosh, John Knopf, John Teall

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IPO underpricing has been attributed to valuation uncertainty, which can be at least partially resolved by the indirect learning associated with IPO clustering [Benveniste, L.M., Ljungqvist, A., Wilhelm, W.J., Yu, X.Y., 2003. Evidence of information spillovers in the production of investment banking services. Journal of Finance 58, 577–608]. We examine why firms might choose not to issue their IPOs contemporaneously with clusters of similar firms, forgoing opportunities to learn from their peers. We find that the willingness to file an IPO without the benefit of indirect learning from peer firm IPOs is directly related to insiders’ needs for portfolio diversification and the firm’s need to raise capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2070-2079
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Issue number11
Early online date13 Jun 2009
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • IPO
  • underpricing
  • underwriter
  • learning


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