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Firm Database of Emerging Growth Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), 1990-2010 (ICPSR 34944)

Principal Investigator(s): Kenney, Martin, University of California-Davis; Patton, Donald, University of California-Davis


This database is comprised of all emerging growth initial public offerings (IPOs) on American stock exchanges and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from January 1990 through December 2010. The emerging growth status of firms were established through examination of the prospectus, specifically in the the prospectus summary where the firm describes its activities, history, and business. The data has been constructed directly from registration statements and prospectuses filed with the SEC and contains variables that pertain to the firm going public and the offering itself. Documents used to collect this data were found on the SEC's Electronic Data, Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) Web site. Information regarding IPO registration statements and prospectuses filed from January 1990 through May 1996 were obtained from the Stanford Graduate School Library in either PDF of TIFF format.

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Study Description


Kenney, Martin, and Donald Patton. Firm Database of Emerging Growth Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), 1990-2010. ICPSR34944-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-02-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34944.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34944.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation. Science of Science Policy Program (NSF 0915257)
  • National Science Foundation. Geography and Regional Sciences (NSF 0647838)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    businesses, initial public offering, securities, security exchange commission, stock markets, stocks

Smallest Geographic Unit:    City

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-01--2010-12

Unit of Observation:    Initial public offering of a firm.

Universe:    All emerging growth initial public offerings (IPOs) on American stock exchanges and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from January 1990 through December 2010.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Multiple string responses for the Company_Auditor variable contain diacritical marks. Subsequently, this variable was exported to a tab delimited file (qda34944-0001_company_audtior.txt) which is available for download and can be linked to the dataset via the CASEID variable.


Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The collection does not contain weight variables.

Mode of Data Collection:    record abstracts

Data Source:

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system.

Description of Variables:    The variables were extracted from each firm's prospectus (form 424B) or the firm's registration statement (form S-1).

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-02-23



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