Taiwan's initial public offerings (IPOs) are primarily fixed-price methods, public subscription issues that only allow individual investors to participate. The Taiwan Stock Exchange discloses subscription demand information, after which individual investors request the highest subscription rate shares; this can lead to herding. The empirical results of this study showed that investors exhibit increased attraction toward IPOs with extremely high subscription demand. After identifying sample issues with herd features, herd behavior in Taiwan's IPO market was found to be consistent with the “winner's curse” theory. Additionally, investors overreacted to subscription demand in the short run, which leads to negative long-term returns.
International Review of Economics & Finance 51, p.258–272