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The Returns to Entrepreneurial Investment: A Private Equity Premium Puzzle?


Annette Vissing-Jorgensen


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Tobias J. Moskowitz


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

April 2002

NBER Working Paper No. w8876

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We document the return to investing in U.S. nonpublicly traded equity. Entrepreneurial investment is extremely concentrated, yet despite its poor diversification, we find that the returns to private equity are no higher than the returns to public equity. Given the large public equity premium, it is puzzling why households willingly invest substantial amounts in a single privately held firm with a seemingly far worse risk-return tradeoff. We briefly discuss how large nonpecuniary benefits, a preference for skewness, or overestimates of the probability of survival could potentially explain investment in private equity despite these findings.

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Date posted: April 4, 2002  

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Vissing-Jorgensen, Annette and Moskowitz, Tobias J., The Returns to Entrepreneurial Investment: A Private Equity Premium Puzzle? (April 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w8876. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=306410

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Annette Vissing-Jorgensen
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )
Department of Finance
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University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
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