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The Real Effects of Private Equity Buyouts

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  • Tåg, Joacim

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

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Private equity buyouts have become a common element in the industrial development process. I survey the literature on the real economic effect of buyouts: employment, wages, productivity, and long-run investments. Employment tend to marginally fall after a buyout in most countries studied, with the exception being France. There are clear evidence of productivity gains following a buyout, with part of these being shared with worker through higher wages. The evidence is mixed regarding effects on long-run investments.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 851.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 09 Sep 2010
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Publication status: Published in The Oxford Handbook of Private Equity, Cumming, Douglas (eds.), 2012, chapter 10, Oxford University Press.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0851

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Keywords: Employment; Innovation; Leveraged Buyouts; Long-run investments; Private equity buyouts; Productivity; Real effects;

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