A Survey of University Endowment Management Research

Journal of Investment Management (JOIM), Third Quarter 2014

Posted: 16 Nov 2014

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Georg Cejnek

ZZ Vermögensverwaltung

Richard Franz

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Otto Randl

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Neal Stoughton

Vienna University of Economics and Business; Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF)

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Date Written: October 15, 2014

Abstract

There is significant interest in how university endowments manage money and perform, and an emerging strand of finance research specializes in this growing area. The purpose of this paper is to survey and review the state-of-the-art in this field. We classify papers into four areas. (1) asset allocation, where we discuss the main theoretical framework and the relevant observations both across time and types of endowment; (2) performance, where (risk-adjusted) performance is discussed and distinguished by type and size of endowment; (3) spending, where the relation to the classical views and theoretical literature is reviewed as well as what university endowments do in practice; and (4) organization, where governance structure and the investment policy statement are discussed. We find that the modern framework for theoretical and empirical analyses can provide a very useful perspective for understanding the role of endowments. Nonetheless we highlight areas where more work remains to be done.

Keywords: University endowments, performance, asset allocation, spending policy

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

Cejnek, Georg and Franz, Richard and Randl, Otto and Stoughton, Neal M., A Survey of University Endowment Management Research (October 15, 2014). Journal of Investment Management (JOIM), Third Quarter 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510649

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Otto Randl

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Neal M. Stoughton

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF) ( email )

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