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Rookies Attracting Rookies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. (Campus Gotland)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6418-326X
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper studies initial public offerings (IPOs) and the individual shareholders of IPO firms, with a focus on IPO investment decisions of individual investors (rookies) entering the stock market. The study, which uses a hand-collected dataset of IPOs and an ultimate ownership registry of all Swedish shareholders, analyzes the IPO investment decisions of rookies. This paper aims to analyze IPO investor characteristics but mainly focuses on the importance of IPOs in attracting stock market rookies. The results show that rookies investing in IPOs hold larger portfolios and have higher income than other rookies, indicating sophistication among IPO rookies compared with other rookies. Moreover, the proportion of IPO investors among rookies is compared to that of non-rookies, showing that IPOs attract rookies to a larger extent than non-rookies. IPOs therefore seem to play a previously overlooked role of attracting rookies to the stock market.

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Keyword [en]
IPO, Rookies, Ownership, Individual Investors, Behavioral Finance
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283457DiVA: diva2:919160
52nd Eastern Finance Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-13

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