This paper examines home bias in the primary distribution process of the European corporate bond market. Our approach allows us to study the initial holdings of corporate bonds at a uniquely liquid point in their life cycle. We find that home bias is prevalent across our sample, but is highest amongst bonds issued by firms from both the highest-debt market size economies and lower-debt market sizes economies, who both benefit from relatively large domestic bond markets compared to their funding needs. We argue that international diversification can occur in this market through a life cycle effect where issuers outgrow investor home bias and build a reputation amongst international investors through regular bond market issuance. Our results provide some initial support for this life cycle effect, with repeat issues, issues off an EMTN programme, and highly subscribed issues being associated with lower home bias.
|Number of pages||37|
|Journal||European Journal of Finance|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 9 Nov 2021|
- tranche allocations
- home bias
- orderbook oversubscription