Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56028
Authors: 
Lang, Gunnar
Köhler, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 11-085
Abstract: 
In this paper, we analyze whether the domiciliation decision of mutual funds has an impact on fund fees. To explain the fee price-setting of mutual funds, we consider characteristics specific to funds, fund companies, and countries. We find that fees vary considerably across fund types and countries. Positive impacts of financial market integration can be confirmed, though funds set up under the UCITS directive are more expensive. If funds are sold in multiple countries it drives up fees; however, these higher costs for the investor are outweighed by economies of scale that can be generated if the domiciliation is in a specialized financial center, such as Luxembourg. Larger funds and funds that are set up by specialized or larger fund companies have significantly lower fees.
Subjects: 
Mutual Funds
Financial Regulation
Market Integration
JEL: 
F36
G15
G18
G20
L11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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