Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Business Administration

Major Professor

Jianping Qi, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Scott Besley, D.B.A.

Committee Member

Christos Pantzalis, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ninon Sutton, Ph.D.


Initial public offers, Spinning, Grandstanding, Governance, Access to capital, Underpricing, Long-run performance


This dissertation includes two chapters that investigate the role venture capitalists (VCs) play in the underpricing and in the long-run performance of IPOs. The first chapter focuses on the underpricing of IPOs and attempts to determine the role that VCs play in this underpricing process. The evidence is consistent with a view that VCs agree to underpricing to ascertain benefits from both "grandstanding" and "spinning." The second chapter examines the long-run performance of IPOs and tries to determine the role that VCs play in the development of IPOs. Here, the evidence suggests that VC-backed IPOs appear to have better access to capital than non-VC-backed IPOs, but the long-run performance of VC-backed IPOs is generally mixed.