Do Social Responsibility Screens Really Matter When Assessing Mutual Fund Performance?
34 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2014 Last revised: 3 Jan 2017
Date Written: December 20, 2016
This paper questions the contribution that socially responsible (SR) screening makes to mutual fund performance. We propose a new decomposition of the variability of SR mutual fund returns making it possible to isolate the contribution of SR screening and compare it with the other traditional sources of performance: market movements, asset allocation choices and active management. Our results, based on a sample of SR equity mutual funds show that SR screening does contribute to the variability of mutual fund performance, alongside other portfolio choices such as asset allocation decisions and active management. This contribution is rather modest on average (between 4% and 10%), roughly two times lower than that made by active portfolio choices.
Keywords: Active Management, Asset Allocation, Mutual Funds, Performance Attribution, Socially Responsible Investment
JEL Classification: G11, G23, G24
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