Corporate Ownership and Firm Performance: Evidence from Fertility Clinics
90 Pages Posted: 17 May 2023
Date Written: April 24, 2023
Corporate investors are often credited with boosting target firm performance but criticized for prioritizing profits over consumer well-being. This tension is particularly evident in the healthcare sector, where information frictions contribute to underinvestment in quality. This paper finds that corporate ownership can improve healthcare outcomes in a setting where patients have access to service pricing and quality information – the market for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). After acquisition by a fertility chain, clinic volume increases by 28.2%, and IVF success rates increase by 13.6%. Fertility chains also implement changes that enhance quality, benefit underperforming clinics, and expand the IVF market.
Funding Information: None.
Conflict of Interests: No competing interests.
Keywords: Corporate Ownership, Private Equity, Clinic Acquisitions, Healthcare Chains, Fertility, IVF
JEL Classification: G3, G34, I1, I11, L2, L20
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