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Happy Hour Followed by Hangover: Financing the UK Brewery Industry, 1880-1913

Citation
Acheson G, Coyle C & Turner JD (2016) Happy Hour Followed by Hangover: Financing the UK Brewery Industry, 1880-1913. Business History, 58 (5), pp. 725-751. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2015.1027693

Abstract
In the last 15 years of the nineteenth century c.300 British brewers incorporated and floated securities on the stock market. Subsequently, in the 1900s, the industry suffered a long-lived hangover. In this article, we establish the stylised facts of this transformation and estimate the gains enjoyed by brewery investors during the boom as well as the losses suffered by investors during the bust of the 1900s. However, not all brewery equity shares suffered alike. We find that post-1900 performance correlates positively with capital-market discipline and good corporate governance and negatively with family control, but does not correlate with indebtedness.

Keywords
beer; brewing; finance; incorporation; stock market

Journal
Business History: Volume 58, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Author(s)Acheson, Graeme; Coyle, Christopher; Turner, John D
Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online30/04/2015
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25486
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN0007-6791
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