The Investment Behavior of Private Equity Fund Managers
New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)
Matthew P. Richardson
New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
October 30, 2003
Using a unique dataset of private equity funds over the last two decades, this paper analyzes the investment behavior of private equity fund managers. Based on recent theoretical advances, we link the timing of funds' investment and exit decisions, and the subsequent returns they earn on their portfolio companies, to changes in the demand for private equity in a setting where the supply of capital is 'sticky' in the short run. We show that existing funds accelerate their investment flows and earn higher returns when investment opportunities improve and the demand for capital increases. Increases in supply lead to tougher competition for deal flow, and private equity fund managers respond by cutting their investment spending. These findings provide complementary evidence to recent papers documenting the determinants of fund-level performance in private equity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: Private equity, Venture capital, Alternative investments, Fund management
JEL Classification: G23, G11
Date posted: December 20, 2003
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