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

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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.

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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
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-6451.00190
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