Cheaper, Stronger IPOs Still Elusive After JOBS Act

By Ed Beeson (November 3, 2014, 1:33 PM EST) -- For all its hype and catchy name, the federal law known as the JOBS Act has barely moved the needle for U.S. capital markets, according to a trove of new academic research, as the cost of going public has yet to budge and the simpler IPO process has spurred only a handful of companies to offer stock that likely wouldn't have done so otherwise.

A product of unusually quick and bipartisan policy making, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was passed in April 2012 on the promise that it would crank up capital formation by cutting down on the regimented amount...

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