Business

Does listing decrease investment within companies?

This blog post by Robin Hanson highlights a NBER research paper that shows investment differences between listed and private companies in the US. The abstract of the paper (my emphasis):

We evaluate differences in investment behavior between stock market listed and privately held firms in the U.S. using a rich new data source on private firms. Listed firms invest less and are less responsive to changes in investment opportunities compared to observably similar, matched private firms, especially in industries in which stock prices are particularly sensitive to current earnings. These differences do not appear to be due to unobserved differences between public and private firms, how we measure investment opportunities, lifecycle differences, or our matching criteria. We suggest that the patterns we document are most consistent with theoretical models emphasizing the role of managerial myopia.

There is a digest of the paper here.

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