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Dr Kevin Amess

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BSc (Hons) (Swansea), MSc (York), PhD (Nottingham)
Associate Professor in Industrial Economics

Division: Industrial Economics
Centre/Institute: Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467757
Location: C37 (South Building, Jubilee Campus)

Kevin joined Nottingham University Business School in 2005 and has been an Associate Professor since 2008. His research is mainly concerned with private equity and leveraged buyouts. His research has contributed to greater understanding of the impact of private equity acquisitions and leveraged buyouts on employees, innovation, and firm performance through publication in a range of economics and management journals. He has reported on and advised governmental agencies and policy officials at the UK Treasury, Financial Services Authority, the US Government Accountability Office and the OECD. He is currently Co-Editor of the International Journal of the Economics of Business. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Buyout Research.

Administrative Roles
Head of Degree Apprenticeships
I am module convenor of the following modules:


Corporate Restructuring and Governance (N13607)
Introduction to Economics (N11138)


Business Economics (N14E01)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

External Exminerships & Validations
2016 - 2020    Exernal Examinar for BSc Business Studies, Cass Business School
Current Research Activities
Leveraged Buyouts and private equity; corporate governance and restructuring.

Published Work: Highlights
     Wright, M., Burrows, A., Ball, R., Scholes, L., Meuleman, M. and Amess K. (2007). 'The Implications of Alternative Investment Vehicles for Corporate Governance : A Survey of Empirical Research', OECD, Corporate Affairs Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs.
International Collaborations, Organisation & Contributions
2018 - 2018    External examiner for Hui Tian. Thesis titled, "An examination of corporate structure and performance". School of Management, University of Bath
- 2009    'What are the Wage and Employment Consequences of Leveraged Buyouts, Private Equity and Acquisitions in the UK?' (with S. Girma and M. Wright). Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2008-01. Electronic copy available at: Presented at 2009 Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) Conference on The Economics of Ownership, Organization and Industrial Development, Waxholm, Sweden.
- 1997    European Association for Research in Industrial Economics Conference, Leuven, Belgium: Winner of Young Economists Essay Competition Award, sponsored by European Commission (DGIII)
     Affiliated to Centre for Management Buy-Out Research, Imperical College Business School, Imperial College, London
I am currently supervising the following Research Students:

Hend Abdulhadi S Attuwaijri
Hurvashee Persand-Gujadhur Gya
Kai Yao

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005

Journal Articles

Amess, K. (2003), "The Effect of Management Buyouts on Firm-Level Technical Efficiency: Evidence from a Panel of UK Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers", Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol.51, pp.35-44.

Amess, K. (2002), "Management Buyouts and Firm-Level Productivity: Evidence from a Panel of UK Manufacturing Firms", Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol.49, pp.304-316.

Amess, K. (2001), "Financial Institutions, the Theory of Firm and Organisational Form", Service Industries Journal, Vol.22 (2), pp.129-148.

Amess, K.; Howcroft, B. (2001), "Corporate Governance Structures and the Comparative Advantage of Credit Unions", Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol.9 (1), pp.59-65.

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Ratzinger, D. Amess, K. Greenman, A. Mosey, S. (2018), "The impact of digital start-up founders' higher education on reaching equity investment milestones", Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol.43(3), 760-778.

Amess, K.; Stiebale, J.; Wright, M. (2016), "The impact of private equity on firm's patenting activity", European Economic Review, Vol.86, 147-160.

Wright, M.; Wilson, N.; Gilligan, J.; Bacon, N.; Amess, K. (2016), "Brexit, Private Equity and Management", British Journal of Management, Vol.27(4), 682-686.

Amess, K.; Banerji, S.; Lampousis, A. (2015), "Corporate cash holdings causes and consequences", International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol.42, pp. 421-433.

Amess, K.; Girma, S.; Wright, M. (2014), "The wage and employment consequences of ownership change", Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol.35 (2), pp. 161-171.

Alperovych, Y.; Amess, K.; Wright, M. (2013), "Private Equity Firm Experience and Buyout Vendor Source: What is their Impact on Efficiency?", European Journal of Operational Research, Vol.228 (3), pp. 601-611.

Amess, K.; Wright, M. (2012), "Leveraged Buyouts, Private Equity and Job", Small Business Economics, Vol.38 (1), pp. 419-430, DOI 10.1007/s11187-010-9280-9.

Amess, K.; Demetriades, P. (2010), "Financial Liberalisation and the South Korean Financial Crisis: Some Qualitative Evidence", World Economy, Vol.33 (2), pp.212-238.

Amess, K.; Drake, L.; Knight, H. (2010), "An Empirical Analysis of UK Credit Card Pricing", Review of Industrial Organization, Vol.37 (2), pp. 101.117.

Amess, K.; Girma, S. (2009), "Do Stock Markets Value Efficiency?", Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol.56(3), pp.321-331.

Meuleman, M.; Amess, K.; Wright, M.; Scholes, L. (2009), "Agency, strategic entrepreneurship and the performance of private equity backed buyouts", Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol.33(1), pp.213-239.

Wright, M.; Amess, K.; Weir, C.; Girma, S. (2009), "Private equity and corporate governance: retrospect and prospect", Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol.17(3), pp. 253-375.

Wright, M.; Bacon, N.; Amess, K. (2009), "Private Equity and Buy-outs: Employment, Remuneration and HRM", Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.51(4), pp. 501-515.

Wright, M.; Gilligan, J.; Amess, K. (2008), "The Economic Impact of Private Equity: What We Know and What We Would Like to Know", Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Vol.11(1), pp.1-21.

Amess, K.; Brown, S.; Thompson, S. (2007), "Management Buyouts, Supervision and Employee Discretion", Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol.54 (4), pp. 447-474.

Amess, K.; Roberts, B. (2007), "The Productivity Effects of Privatization: The Case of Polish Cooperatives", International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol.16(4), pp.354-366.

Amess, K.; Wright, M. (2007), "The Wage and Employment effects of leveraged buyouts in the UK", International Journal of the Economic of Business, Vol.14 (2), pp. 179-195.

Amess, K.; Roberts, B. (2005), "The Impact of Foreign and State Ownership on Post-Transition Industrial Concentration: The Case of Polish Manufacturing", Economics of Planning, Vol.38, pp. 211-225.

Bette, S.; Watson, A.; Amess, K. (2005), "The Effects of Chronic Renal Failure on Siblings", Pediatric Nephrology, Vol.21, pp. 246-250.


Ratzinger, D.; Amess, K.; Greenman, A.; Mosey, S. 2015, "The impact of higher education on the probabilities of reaching equity investment milestones for Internet start-up", at Technology Transfer Annual Conference, Dublin.

Reports for external body

Ball, R.; Scholes, L.; Amess, K.; Wright, M.; Burdett, M. 2009, "Industry Sector Report", in Nordic Capital.

Wright, M.; Burrows, A.; Ball, R.; Scholes, L.; Meuleman, M.; Amess, K. 2007, "The Implications of Alternative Investment Vehicles for Corporate Governance", in OECD Publication, Corporate Affairs Division.



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