Quantifying Diseconomies Of Scale For Mutual Funds
38 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2020 Last revised: 18 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 10, 2020
The fund size is highly persistent and correlated with risk factor loadings. Hence, it is unrealistic to assume constant diseconomies of scale over a long time. The traditional two-step method underestimates the uncertainty of diseconomies of scale. We propose a one-step procedure with a random weighted bootstrap method to infer diseconomies of scale using rolling windows, which effectively solves the problems. Our empirical analysis using actively-managed U.S. equity mutual funds supports diseconomies of scale, and simulations show that our rigorous method outperforms the two-step one in terms of precise estimating uncertainty.
Keywords: Diseconomies of scale, fixed effects panel regression, mutual funds
JEL Classification: G23, C58
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