61 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2015 Last revised: 17 Aug 2015
Date Written: July 1, 2015
We study the link between information barriers in global markets and the organizational form of asset management. Fund families outsource funds in which they are at an informational disadvantage to generate performance. Using a structural model of self-selection, we endogenize the outsourcing decision and estimate positive gains from outsourcing of around 9-14 bps per month despite the ex-post underperformance of outsourced funds vis-à-vis in-house funds. The gains from outsourcing provide a novel proxy for the information barriers that segment global financial markets. The more segmented the underlying markets where the funds invest, the larger the gains from outsourcing.
Keywords: Mutual funds, Outsourcing, International Markets, Information Barriers
JEL Classification: G15, G23, G30, G32
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Massa, Massimo and Schumacher, David, Information Barriers in Global Markets: Evidence from International Subcontracting Relationships (July 1, 2015). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2015/56/FIN. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2632938 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2632938