On the Fortunes of Stock Exchanges and Their Reversals: Evidence from Foreign Listings

On the Fortunes of Stock Exchanges and Their Reversals: Evidence from Foreign Listings

Nuno Fernandes, Mariassunta Giannetti

Series number :

Serial Number: 
214/2008

Date posted :

August 01 2008

Last revised :

October 29 2018
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Keywords

  • Cross-listing waves • 
  • market timing • 
  • investor protection

Using a sample that provides unprecedented detail on foreign listings for 29 exchanges in 24 countries starting from the early 1980s, we show that although firms list in countries with better investor protection, they are less likely to list in countries with excessively stronger investor protection.

We provide evidence based on ex ante firm and market characteristics and ex post listing outcomes that our findings are due to lack of investor interest in firms from environments with much weaker investor protection. We also argue that our findings, together with a general trend of improvement in investor protection in many firms’ countries of origin, can explain why U.S. and U.K. exchanges have attracted an increasing number of foreign listings during our sample period.

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Publication Title: 
Journal of Financial Intermediation
Description: 
Volume 23, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 157-176

Authors

Research Member
Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa