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The Effect of Management Buyouts on Firm-level Technical Inefficiency: Evidence from a Panel of UK Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers


  • Kevin Amess

    () (University of Leicester, UK)


The longer-term technical efficiency effects of management buyouts (MBOs) are evaluated using a stochastic production frontier approach on a panel of UK manufacturing firms. The results, based on the period 1986-1997, indicate that firms with the MBO governance structure: (1) have higher efficiency in the two years before the transaction but not prior to that; (2) have efficiency 7%, 7.5%, 4%, and 7% higher in each of the first four years post-buyout; (3) do not have superior efficiency beyond the fifth year post-buyout. This is consistent with MBOs creating managerial incentives that improve firm-level performance. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • Kevin Amess, 2003. "The Effect of Management Buyouts on Firm-level Technical Inefficiency: Evidence from a Panel of UK Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(1), pages 35-44, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:51:y:2003:i:1:p:35-44

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