Institutionalization, Delegation, and Asset Prices

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Shiyang Huang

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

Zhigang Qiu

School of Finance, Renmin University of China

Liyan Yang

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Date Written: April 1, 2019

Abstract

We study the effects of institutionalization on fund manager compensation and asset prices. Institutionalization raises the performance-sensitive component of the equilibrium contract, which makes institutional investors effectively more risk averse. Institutionalization affects market outcomes through two opposing effects. The direct effect is to bring in more informed capital, and the indirect effect is to make each institutional investor trade less aggressively on information through affecting the equilibrium contract. When there are many institutions and little noise trading in the market, the indirect contracting effect dominates the direct informed capital effect in determining market variables such as the cost of capital, return volatility, price volatility, and market liquidity. Otherwise, the direct informed capital effect dominates.

Keywords: Institutionalization; delegation; information acquisition; agency problem; asset prices

JEL Classification: G11, G14

Suggested Citation

Huang, Shiyang and Qiu, Zhigang and Yang, Liyan, Institutionalization, Delegation, and Asset Prices (April 1, 2019). Journal of Economic Theory, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3218190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3218190

Shiyang Huang (Contact Author)

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Zhigang Qiu

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Liyan Yang

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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