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Limited Partner Performance and the Maturing of the Private Equity Industry

50 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2013  

Berk A. Sensoy

Vanderbilt University - Finance

Yingdi Wang

California State University, Fullerton

Michael S. Weisbach

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: February 2013

Abstract

We evaluate the performance of limited partners' (LPs) private equity investments over time. Using a sample of 14,380 investments by 1,852 LPs in 1,250 buyout and venture funds started between 1991 and 2006, we find that the superior performance of endowment investors in the 1991-1998 period, documented in prior literature, is mostly due to their greater access to the top-performing venture capital partnerships. In the subsequent 1999-2006 period, endowments no longer outperform, and neither have greater access to funds that are likely to restrict access nor make better investment selections than other types of institutional investors. We discuss how these results are consistent with the general maturing of the industry, as private equity has transitioned from a niche, poorly understood area to a ubiquitous part of institutional investors' portfolios.

Suggested Citation

Sensoy, Berk A. and Wang, Yingdi and Weisbach, Michael S., Limited Partner Performance and the Maturing of the Private Equity Industry (February 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w18793. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214262

Berk A. Sensoy (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Finance ( email )

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Yingdi Wang

California State University, Fullerton ( email )

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Michael S. Weisbach

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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