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Privatization: public offerings and political objectives

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Abstract:

This paper empirically analyses the political and economic objectives underlying privatization on the stock market. Particularly, the factors of SIPs underpricing, are explained, and the study analyses whether the change of political parties in government play a role on the issue. The paper has two main findings. First, larger initial returns occurred in the early stages of privatization. Second, the change of government from left-wing to right-wing did not lead to significantly higher levels of underpricing. The results show that governments are quite pragmatic with respect to underpricing: maximizing proceeds from SIPs shows to be more important than ideological differences between parties in government.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840110100826

Publication date: July 20, 2002

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