The Shelf Registration of Debt and Self Selection Bias

The Shelf Registration of Debt and Self Selection Bias

  • DAVID S. ALLEN
  • ROBERT E. LAMY
  • G. RODNEY THOMPSON

Article first published online: 30th April 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1990.tb05093.x

Abstract


Prior studies report lower issue costs for shelf registered debt and conclude that the benefits of increased underwriter competition can be realized by those firms using this registration procedure. This study re‐examines the purported superiority of issuing debt via shelf registration, and finds that the savings in issue costs displayed by earlier studies can be attributed to a self selection bias and not the method of registration.

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