Graduation Year

2017

Date of Submission

4-2017

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Reader 1

Darren Filson

Rights Information

© 2017 Muhammad Farhan Attamimi

Abstract

High-technology platform companies have emerged in large numbers in recent years, seeing great success and high valuations. In this paper, I examine whether platform companies have a significantly greater probability of achieving exceptional market value than non-platform companies. I do not find enough evidence to suggest that platform companies are significantly more likely than non-platform companies to achieve a high-value market capitalization within the 5 years after their initial public offering (IPO), conditional on their market value not being high-value at the time of IPO. However, I do find evidence to support that platform companies are significantly more likely to achieve a high-value market capitalization at the time of their IPO. Therefore, this study suggests that there is a significant positive effect of platform business models on market capitalization, which is incorporated into a company’s market value at the time of IPO, consistent with the efficient market hypothesis.

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