Reporting Bias in Private Equity: Reporting Frequency, Endowments, and Governance

52 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2014 Last revised: 9 Jun 2014

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Sofia Johan

Florida Atlantic University - Finance; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Minjie Zhang

Odette School of Business - University of Windsor

Date Written: March 25, 2014

Abstract

Using PitchBook’s private equity (PE) database of 5,068 PE funds from 44 countries for the 2000-2012 period, we show that endowments are systematically associated with less pronounced differences between unrealized returns and subsequently realized returns. Moreover, endowments receive more frequent reports from their PE funds, implying more stringent governance. We find that higher reporting frequencies from PE funds are correlated with a lower tendency for the limited partners to receive overstated performance reports. These findings persist after controlling for stock market conditions, legal and accounting disclosure environments, legal origins, fund and GP characteristics, limited partnership types, as well as cultural dimensions.

Keywords: Private Equity, Endowments, Financial Reporting, Law and Governance, Culture, Venture Capital

JEL Classification: G22, G23, G24

Suggested Citation

Johan, Sofia A. and Zhang, Minjie, Reporting Bias in Private Equity: Reporting Frequency, Endowments, and Governance (March 25, 2014). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2014-016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2409903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2409903

Sofia A. Johan (Contact Author)

Florida Atlantic University - Finance ( email )

777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Minjie Zhang

Odette School of Business - University of Windsor ( email )

401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Canada

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