Loss Averse Preferences, Performance, and Career Success of Institutional Investors
55 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Last revised: 18 May 2016
Date Written: May 17, 2016
Using survey-based measures of mutual fund manager loss aversion, we study the effects of institutional investor preferences on their investment decisions, performance, and career outcomes. We find that managers with higher aversion to losses choose portfolios with lower downside risk, increase their riskiness more in response to poor past performance, and display a stronger disposition effect. Further, we provide evidence that more loss-averse managers have lower performance and are more likely to have their contracts terminated.
Keywords: loss-aversion, downside risk, professional investors, mutual funds, career outcomes
JEL Classification: C91, G11, G20, G23, J24, J41
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