Tax simplification or entrepreneurship tax? Founders vs investors in the OTS report

The recent report by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)[i] recommends a range of policy adjustments to simplify the administration of the capital gains tax (CGT) and remove biases and distortions of behaviours.[ii] One of the recommendations suggests to align CGT and income tax (recommendation 1), in particular for owner-managers who may have a choice …

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The smooth double Pareto distribution – A model of private equity returns

New working paper: Whether returns of venture capital and private equity investments exhibit fat tails, particularly in the upper tail, affects how entrepreneurs and investors view the attractiveness of such investments. Using fund performance data, we propose and test a random growth model with a random initial valuation of funds to explain the observed distribution …

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Endogenous financial constraints and innovation

with Andrea Mina Industrial and Corporate Change, 2020, full version available from the journal. Abstract: We investigate which indicators of a firm’s innovation activities are associated with financial constraints and analyze the nature and direction of causal links between innovation and financial constraints. By estimating simultaneous bivariate probit models on data from the UK Innovation …

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Early indicators of fundraising success by venture capital firms

with Timothy E. Trombley Journal of Corporate Finance 65, full paper available here. Abstract: In this paper, we show how a venture capital firm’s fundraising is affected by its investment choices. We investigate three leading indicators that are calculated from the types of investments the venture capital firms make: style drift investments, follow-on investments, and …

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The impact of business accelerators and incubators in the UK

BEIS Research Paper Number 2019/009 with Jonathan Bone, Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe and Christopher Haley The fast-developing ecosystem of accelerators and incubators has positive effects on startups and the wider economy. Most startups (over 60%) consider the contribution of the incubator or accelerator they attended to have been significant or even vital to their success. Of startups …

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