Working Paper No. 906

Private Equity and Employees

Published: March 26, 2012Pages: 29Keywords: Buyouts; Employment; Financial Constraints; LBO; Private Equity; RestructuringJEL-codes: G24; G32; G34; J20; L25

Private Equity and Employees Martin Olsson and Joacim Tåg

Using linked employer-employee data from Sweden, a difference-in-difference approach, and 201 private equity buyouts undertaken between 1998 and 2004, we show that unemployment risk declines and labor income increases for employees in the wake of a private equity buyout. Unemployment risk declines despite lower employment growth for continuing establishments – attributable to hiring freezes rather than to layoffs – and a lack of change in firm level employment growth. A plausible explanation is relaxed financial constraints: the effects are strongest in industries dependent on external finance for growth, for non-divisional buyouts, and for buyouts just prior to 2001.

Martin Olsson


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Joacim Tåg


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