Investor Information Choice with Macro and Micro Information

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Paul Glasserman

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Harry Mamaysky

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Date Written: December 16, 2021

Abstract

We develop a model of information and portfolio choice in which ex ante identical investors choose to specialize because of fixed attention costs required in learning about securities. Without this friction, investors would invest in all securities and would be indifferent across a wide range of information choices. When securities’ dividends depend on an aggregate (macro) risk factor and an idiosyncratic (micro) shocks, fixed attention costs lead investors to specialize in either macro or micro information. Our results favor Samuelson’s dictum that markets are more micro than macro efficient. We derive testable predictions from our model and find empirical support for them in
specialization by U.S. equity mutual funds.

Keywords: Asset Management; Investment; Information; Asset Pricing; Attention; Mutual Funds

JEL Classification: G12; G14; G23

Suggested Citation

Glasserman, Paul and Mamaysky, Harry, Investor Information Choice with Macro and Micro Information (December 16, 2021). Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 16-45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2801700 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2801700

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