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Title:Employment risk, compensation incentives and managerial risk taking: Evidence from the mutual fund industry PDF Logo
Authors:Kempf, Alexander
Ruenzi, Stefan
Thiele, Tanja
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:CFR Working Paper 07-02
Abstract:We examine the influence on managerial risk taking of incentives due to employment risk and due to compensation. Our empirical investigation of the risk taking behavior of mutual fund managers indicates that managerial risk taking crucially depends on the relative importance of these incentives. When employment risk is more important than compensation incentives, fund managers with a poor midyear performance tend to decrease risk relative to leading managers to prevent potential job loss. When employment risk is low, compensation incentives become more relevant and fund managers with a poor midyear performance increase risk to catch up with the midyear winners.
Subjects:Managerial Risk Taking
Employment Risk
Compensation Incentives
Mutual Funds
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JEL:G23
M54
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CFR Working Papers, Centre for Financial Research (CFR), Universität Köln

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