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Does cross-listing in the US improve investment efficiency? Evidence from UK firms

Abed AL-Nasser Abdallah and Wissam Abdallah

The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2019, vol. 72, issue C, 215-231

Abstract: We examine whether managers of cross-listed firms improve corporate investment efficiency through learning from the stock market upon cross-listing. Using a sample of UK firms cross-listed on US regulated and unregulated stock markets, we find that cross-listed firms on unregulated markets invest more efficiently than non-cross-listed firms following cross-listing. Moreover, we find that cross-listed firms improve their investment efficiency post cross-listing. Furthermore, we find firms with low level of private information embedded in their stock prices, and firms with higher board independence improve their investment post cross-listing. Our findings suggest that managers of cross-listed firms are guided by firm-specific characteristic more than by stock market signals when they embark on new investment projects. We also find evidence that cross-listed firms on regulated exchanges perform poorly after cross-listing, whereas those cross-listed on unregulated exchange experience high performance post cross-listing.

Keywords: Cross-listing; Investment efficiency; Stock market feedback; Price informativeness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G14 G31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.qref.2018.12.005

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