The Economic Effects of Private Equity Buyouts: A Comment
39 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2019 Last revised: 13 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 1, 2019
Davis, Haltiwanger, Handley, Lerner, Lipsius, and Miranda (2019) produce an extension to the Davis et al. collection without addressing the critical research design issues raised in Ayash and Rastad (2017) and Ayash and Rastad (2018). First and foremost, the authors misrepresent their sample as specific to leveraged buyouts; it is not. We clearly illustrates this fact. Policy makers do not have an issue with venture capital and growth equity buyouts giving piles of cash to firms they acquire because of the subsequent investment in research and development, innovation, jobs and physical capital. However, policy makers cannot learn about the subject of interest, controversial leveraged buyouts, when these make up such a small portion of the sample tested in Davis et al. collection (Davis, Haltiwanger, Jarmin, Lerner, and Miranda, 2008 and Davis, Haltiwanger, Jarmin, Lerner, and Miranda, 2011 focus on employment, Davis, Haltiwanger, Jarmin, Lerner, and Miranda, 2009 presented at the World Economic Forum introduces productivity to the analysis, Davis, Haltiwanger, Handley, Jarmin, Lerner, and Miranda, 2013 brings it all together, and the final published version is Davis, Haltiwanger, Handley, Jarmin, Lerner, and Miranda, 2014). Unfortunately, these authors continue to obfuscate our understanding of the economic effects of these complex transactions due to the fact that they cannot observe leverage; they treat all buyouts as equivalent to leveraged buyouts. We therefore gladly expand our analysis to bring light to these researchers who have been in the dark for more than a decade.
Keywords: leveraged buyouts, employment, private equity, growth equity
JEL Classification: G23, G32, G33, G34, J21, J63
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