Performance Isn't Everything: Personal Characteristics and Career Outcomes of Mutual Fund Managers
79 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2017 Last revised: 20 May 2018
Date Written: October 9, 2017
We investigate the determinants of mutual fund manager career outcomes. We find that, although career outcomes are largely determined by past performance, measured by returns and fund flows, personal attributes also factor in. All else equal, female managers are less likely to be promoted and have shorter tenures than male fund managers. This finding applies to a greater extent to women who co-manage funds with other managers, which suggests that working in teams negatively affects women's careers when compared to men's. Moreover, we show that, all else equal, younger managers, U.S.-educated managers, and managers who attended elite schools experience better career outcomes than otherwise similar managers.
Keywords: Women in Finance, Diversity, Career Advancement, Mutual Fund Industry, Mutual Fund Managers, Mutual Fund Manager Performance
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G23
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