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The Economics of Private Equity Funds


Andrew Metrick


Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ayako Yasuda


University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management

June 2010

The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 6, pp. 2303-2341, 2010

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This article analyzes the economics of the private equity industry using a novel model and dataset. We obtain data from a large investor in private equity funds, with detailed records on 238 funds raised between 1993 and 2006. We build a model to estimate the expected revenue to managers as a function of their investor contracts, and we test how this estimated revenue varies across the characteristics of our sample funds. Among our sample funds, about two-thirds of expected revenue comes from fixed-revenue components that are not sensitive to performance. We find sharp differences between venture capital (VC) and buyout (BO) funds. BO managers build on their prior experience by increasing the size of their funds faster than VC managers do. This leads to significantly higher revenue per partner and per professional in later BO funds. The results suggest that the BO business is more scalable than the VC business and that past success has a differential impact on the terms of their future funds.

Keywords: G1, G20, G24

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Date posted: May 17, 2010  

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Metrick, Andrew and Yasuda, Ayako, The Economics of Private Equity Funds (June 2010). The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 6, pp. 2303-2341, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1607517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rfs/hhq020

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Andrew Metrick (Contact Author)
Yale School of Management ( email )
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HOME PAGE: http://mba.yale.edu/faculty/profiles/metrick.shtml

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )
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Ayako Yasuda
University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management ( email )
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Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-0775 (Phone)
530-752-2924 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.ayakoyasuda.com
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