The Demise of Investment Banking Partnerships: Theory and Evidence

Morrison, Alan and Wilhelm, William (2008) The Demise of Investment Banking Partnerships: Theory and Evidence. Journal of Finance, 63 (1). pp. 311-350.


In 1970 the New York Stock Exchange relaxed rules that prohibited the public incorporation of member firms. Investment banking concerns went public in waves, with Goldman Sachs the last of the bulge bracket banks to float. We explain the pattern of investment bank flotations. We argue that partnerships foster the formation of human capital and we use technological advances that undermine the role of human capital to explain the partnership's going-public decision. We support our theory using a new data set of investment bank partnership statistics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: capital; partnerships; finance
Subject(s): Corporate reputation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 14:50
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 09:38
Funders: N/A

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