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The Choice of Valuation Techniques in Practice: Education Versus Profession


Mukhlynina, Liliya; Nyborg, Kjell G (2020). The Choice of Valuation Techniques in Practice: Education Versus Profession. Critical Finance Review, 9(1-2):201-265.

Abstract

We use a survey approach to learn about valuation professionals’ choices and implementations of valuation techniques in practice. Most use both multiples and DCF, but implement DCF in a way that almost turns it into a multiples exercise. Confusion reigns with respect to interest tax shields and the WACC. Higher educational levels do not reduce the confusion. The survey design allows us to control for a respondent’s professional subgroup(e.g., consulting), education, experience, and valuation-purpose characteristics. We find that profession matters more than education; different professions have different valuation cultures. Other factors are less important. The relative unimportance of education raises questions about the role, benefit, and optimal mode of higher level finance education.

Abstract

We use a survey approach to learn about valuation professionals’ choices and implementations of valuation techniques in practice. Most use both multiples and DCF, but implement DCF in a way that almost turns it into a multiples exercise. Confusion reigns with respect to interest tax shields and the WACC. Higher educational levels do not reduce the confusion. The survey design allows us to control for a respondent’s professional subgroup(e.g., consulting), education, experience, and valuation-purpose characteristics. We find that profession matters more than education; different professions have different valuation cultures. Other factors are less important. The relative unimportance of education raises questions about the role, benefit, and optimal mode of higher level finance education.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:11 June 2020
Deposited On:02 Oct 2020 06:43
Last Modified:08 Jun 2024 03:40
Publisher:Now Publishers Inc.
ISSN:2164-5744
Additional Information:Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 16-36
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1561/104.00000088
Related URLs:https://www.nowpublishers.com/article/Details/CFR-0088 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:16862
  • Content: Accepted Version