Judging by the sheer number of papers reviewed in this Handbook, the empirical analysis of firms’ financing and investment decisions—empirical corporate finance—has become a dominant field in financial economics. The growing interest in everything “corporate” is fueled by a healthy combination of fundamental theoretical developments and recent widespread access to large transactional data bases. A less scientific—but nevertheless important—source of inspiration is a growing awareness of the important social implications of corporate behavior and governance. This Handbook takes stock of the main empirical findings to date across an unprecedented spectrum of corporate finance issues, ranging from econometric methodology, to raising capital and capital structure choice, and to managerial incentives and corporate investment behavior. The surveys are written by leading empirical researchers that remain active in their respective areas of interest. With few exceptions, the writing style makes the chapters accessible to industry practitioners. For doctoral students and seasoned academics, the surveys offer dense roadmaps into the empirical research landscape and provide suggestions for future work.

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*The Handbooks in Finance series offers a broad group of outstanding volumes in various areas of finance *Each individual volume in the series should present an accurate self-contained survey of a sub-field of finance *The series is international in scope with contributions from field leaders the world over


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Table of Contents

VOLUME 1 PREFACE: EMPIRICAL CORPORATE FINANCE B. ESPEN ECKBO PART 1 – ECONOMETRIC ISSUES AND METHODOLGICAL TRENDS Chapter 1 Econometrics of event studies S.P. KOTHARI and JEROLD B. WARNER Chapter 2 Self-selection models in corporate finance KAI LI and NAGPURNANAND R. PRABHALA Chapter 3 Auctions in corporate finance SUDIPTO DASGUPTA and ROBERT G. HANSEN Chapter 4 Behavioral corporate finance MALCOLM BAKER, RICHARD S. RUBACK and JEFFERY WURGLER PART 2 – BANKING, PUBLIC OFFERINGS, AND PRIVATE SOURCES OF CAPITAL Chapter 5 Banks in capital markets STEVEN DRUCKER and MANJU PURI Chapter 6 Security Offerings B. ESPEN ECKBO, RONALD W. MASULIS and ØYVIND NORLI Chapter 7 IPO underpricing ALEXANDER LJUNGQVIST Chapter 8 Conglomerate firms and internal capital markets VOJISLAV MAKSIMOVIC and GORDON PHILLIPS Chapter 9 Venture capital PAUL GOMPERS EMPIRICAL CORPORATE FINANCE


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“This is an excellent collection of articles with very good authors and breadth of coverage. It is an important book for all scholars of corporate finance.” Franklin Allen University of Pennsylvania "This is an excellent collection of articles. These surveys will be very valuable for both research and teaching." Michael J. Fishman Northwestern University