Political Representation and Governance: Evidence from the Investment Decisions of Public Pension Funds
54 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2016 Last revised: 19 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 16, 2017
Representation on pension fund boards by state officials — often determined by statute decades past — is negatively related to the performance of private equity investments made by the pension fund, despite state officials’ relatively strong financial education and experience. Their underperformance appears to be partly driven by poor investment decisions consistent with political expediency, and is also positively related to political contributions from the finance industry. Boards dominated by elected rank-and-file plan participants also underperform, but to a smaller extent and attributable to lesser financial experience.
Keywords: Politicians, Governance, Public Pension Funds, Private Equity, Underperformance, State Officials, Pension Fund Boards
JEL Classification: G11, G23, G28, H75, D83
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