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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)

I joined Nottingham University Business School in 2005 and have been an Associate Professor since 2008. My research interests mainly focus on corporate governance and restructuring and the economics of internal organisation with a particular interest in the consequences of Leveraged Buyout transactions and private equity. I have published in a range of economics and management journals on the subject of Leveraged Buyouts and have advised government and policy officials on the subject e.g. the UK Treasury, Financial Services Authority, the US Government Accountability Office and the OECD.

Research Interests
Empirical analysis of the consequences Leveraged Buyouts and private equity; Corporate Governance and Restructuring; The Economics of Internal Organisation

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


Corporate Restructuring and Governance (N13607)
Microeconomics for Business A (N11606)


Venture Capital and Private Equity (MSc) (N14179)

Details of all modules can be found in the Module Catalogue

External Exminerships & Validations
2016 - 2020    Exernal Examinar for BSc Business Studies, Cass Business School

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
- 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. (2017), "The impact of digital start-up founders\' higher education on reaching equity investment milestones", Journal of Technology Transfer, forthcoming 2017.

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), 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 Economics 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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