A method to address the effectiveness of the SIC code for selecting comparable firms


To find peer firms is very important in several situations, for example in equity valuation using multiples for publicly traded firms, as well as for not publicly traded ones. Very often the pay of CEOs is set at the basis of a peer compensation group. Financial policies are often driven by a response to peers. It is a very common approach to use industry membership given by the SIC code to form peer groups. In the paper the effectiveness of the SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) code for selecting comparable firms is evaluated through nonparametric testing for difference in firm financial ratios.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i20705948v6n2p186

Keywords: Multivariate Nonparametric Testing, Multiplicity Control, Comparable Firms, Financial Ratios.



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