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Decreasing Returns or Mean-Reversion of Luck? The Case of Private Equity Fund Growth

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  • Rossi, Andrea

    (Ohio State University)

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In private equity fund data, there exists a strong negative association between fund growth and performance at the partnership level. As a consequence, there is a consensus that decreasing returns are particularly large. I argue that this inference is unwarranted. In essence, Bayesian-informed expectations reveal that the partnerships whose funds grew the most were on average lucky in the past; as that luck reverts to zero, a spurious negative association between growth and returns is generated in the data. Controlling for this bias, the effect of growth on performance is about 80% smaller and statistically insignificant for both buyout and venture capital funds. Furthermore, I show that, historically, decreasing returns do not seem to have played a major role in the erosion of performance persistence in private equity. These results have implications for fund managers’ and investors’ decisions, and for our understanding of the private equity industry.

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  • Rossi, Andrea, 2017. "Decreasing Returns or Mean-Reversion of Luck? The Case of Private Equity Fund Growth," Working Paper Series 2017-26, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:ohidic:2017-26
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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