Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/207082
Authors: 
Farago, Adam
Holmen, Martin
Holzmeister, Felix
Kirchler, Michael
Razen, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics No. 2019-16
Abstract: 
By running a battery of incentivized and non-incentivized experiments with fund managers from four countries in the European Union, we investigate the impact of fund managers' cognitive skills and economic preferences on the dynamics of the mutual funds they manage. First, we find that fund managers' risk tolerance positively correlates with fund risk when accounting for fund benchmark, fund category, and other controls. Second, we show that fund managers' ambiguity tolerance positively correlates with the funds' tracking error from the benchmark. Finally, we report that cognitive skills do not explain fund performance in terms of excess returns. However, we do find that fund managers with high cognitive reflection abilities generate these returns at lower risk.
Subjects: 
Cognitive skills
economic preferences
fund managers
fund performance
experimental finance
JEL: 
C91
D91
G11
G41
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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