NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Private Equity Performance: What Do We Know?

Robert S. Harris, Tim Jenkinson, Steven N. Kaplan

NBER Working Paper No. 17874
Issued in February 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research has been supported by the UAI Foundation and the Center for Research in Security Prices. Rui Cui provided able research assistance. We thank Burgiss for supplying data. Kaplan has consulted to private equity general partners and limited partners. He also has invested in private and public equities. We thank James Bachman, Stuart Lucas and participants at the University of North Carolina Private Equity Conference for helpful comments. Address correspondence to Steven Kaplan, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 or e-mail at skaplan@uchicago.edu. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Tim Jenkinson -----

Harris serves on the board of a complex of mutual funds which invest in public debt and public equity securities. His research as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is supported, in part, by the Darden Foundation.

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