Do Private Equity Returns Result from Wealth Transfers and Short-Termism? Evidence from a Comprehensive Sample of Large Buyouts

@article{Harford2014DoPE,
  title={Do Private Equity Returns Result from Wealth Transfers and Short-Termism? Evidence from a Comprehensive Sample of Large Buyouts},
  author={J. Harford and A. Kolasinski},
  journal={Manag. Sci.},
  year={2014},
  volume={60},
  pages={888-902}
}
  • J. Harford, A. Kolasinski
  • Published 2014
  • Economics, Computer Science
  • Manag. Sci.
  • We test whether the well-documented high returns of private equity sponsors result from wealth transfers from other financial claimants and counterparties and from a focus on short-term profits at the expense of long-term value. Debt investors who finance buyouts, as well as buyers of private equity portfolio companies, represent the two potential sources of wealth transfers. However, we find that, on average, public companies benefit when they buy financial sponsors' portfolio companies… CONTINUE READING
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