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Information Asymmetries in Private Equity: Reporting Frequency, Endowments, and Governance

Sofia Johan () and Minjie Zhang
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Sofia Johan: Florida Atlantic University
Minjie Zhang: Odette School of Business - University of Windsor

Journal of Business Ethics, 2021, vol. 174, issue 1, No 12, 199-220

Abstract: Abstract Using PitchBook’s private equity (PE) database of 4548 PE funds from 42 countries for the 2000 to 2012 period, we find that higher reporting frequency is associated with lower information asymmetry in performance reports from general partners (GPs) to limited partners. We also find that endowments are systematically associated with less reported unrealized returns as a percentage of total returns generated from GPs. Moreover, endowments receive more performance reports from their PE funds, implying more stringent governance. These findings persist after controlling for various institutional and GP characteristics and are robust to several adjustments for endogeneity concerns. This study also contributes to the finance, accounting, and business ethics literature on financial reporting quality.

Keywords: Private equity; Endowments; Financial reporting; Law and governance; Culture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s10551-020-04558-6

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