Political Cognitive Biases Effects on Fund Managers' Performance
Journal of Behavioral Finance (Forthcoming)
36 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2016 Last revised: 6 Apr 2020
Date Written: March 20, 2020
Does political affiliation matter for stock-market investing? Rare events can produce polarized narratives that potentiate cognitive dissonance on a spectrum of agents. Using a comprehensive dataset of equity hedge funds' performance and managers' political affiliation matched by their partisan contributions, I document higher returns of funds managed by Democrats for ten subsequent months---from December 2008 to September 2009---when the interpretation of the US central bank policy was politically polarized and conducive to cognitive dissonance. This result is robust to a set of falsification tests and randomized quasi-experiments.
Keywords: Political Biases, Money Managers' Performance
JEL Classification: D72, G11, G14
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