Analyzing Returns and Predicting IPO Probability
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- Master of Science 
Analyzing returns is a practical approach to gaining insights into the growing wealth disparities. In our study, we utilize data from Norwegian firms spanning the period between 2007 and 2019. Our objective is to investigate the distinctive returns attributes for private and public firms, explore the influence of various financial and productivity measures on these returns, and examine whether returns can serve as a predictive indicator for the likelihood of a firm becoming publically traded. We show that private and public firms’ returns are dispersed, and persistent, and the presence of an imperfect pass-through of input choices to changes in output. Furthermore, we present evidence that firm size and productivity positively affect returns. Lastly, we found that returns, the firm’s growth, and the firms’ output share of assets can help us predict the probability of a firm becoming publicly traded.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Applied Economics - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2023