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Private equity and human capital risk

Abstract

"We study the impact of leveraged buyouts in Germany on employees' wages, employment, and career paths. We contrast different views of buyouts, which see LBOs as facilitators of organizational and technological modernization, or as vehicles for transferring wealth from employees to shareholders. We conduct matched-sample difference-in-differences estimations with more than 147,000 LBO employees and a carefully matched control group. LBOs increase annual income in the short term, but reduce income by about 11% in the long term. White-collar workers and middle management lose most, probably because of organizational streamlining. LBOs in our sample do not foster trends related to technological modernization such as skill-biased technological change or job polarization. We find a strong negative impact of LBOs for older employees, but no support for the notion that shareholders benefit from LBOs by forcing employees to accept lower wages. All human capital impairments are borne by employees who leave the firm and become unemployed or employed in a different industry." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Antoni, Manfred; Maug, Ernst; Obernberger, Stefan (2017): Private equity and human capital risk. (ECGI - Finance Working Paper, 518/2017), Brüssel, 54 S. % Anhang.
 

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