Volume 2, Number 2 / June , Pages 85-165
Testing of the Positive-Multinational Network Hypothesis: Wealth Effects of International Joint Ventures in Emerging Markets
Multinational Finance Journal, 1998, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 151-165
Larry J. Prather , East Tennessee State University, U.S.A.    Corresponding Author
Jae Hoon Min , Seowon University, Korea

This article examines announcement effects of 240 international joint ventures undertaken by firms to ascertain their impact on shareholders' wealth. The positive-multinational-network hypothesis suggests that the market reaction should be related to the option value of the venture. To test the positive-multinational-network hypothesis, first the market reaction between ventures into developed and less-developed countries are contrasted. Then, the reaction between ventures that form the basis for initial operations in a country and subsequent operations are contrasted. Results indicate that venture-specific characteristics influence announcement effects and that the positive-multinational-network hypothesis is supported

Keywords : event studies; information and market efficiency; investment policy; joint ventures
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