Performance Evaluation and Financial Market Runs

36 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2006 Last revised: 24 Jun 2011

See all articles by Wolf Wagner

Wolf Wagner

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Date Written: June 24, 2011


This paper develops a model in which performance evaluation causes runs by fund managers and results in asset fire-sales. Performance evaluation nonetheless is efficient as it disciplines managers. Optimal performance evaluation combines absolute and relative components in order to make runs less likely. When runs induce large price discounts, this requires a high degree of absolute performance evaluation and a low degree of relative performance evaluation. The overall costs of using performance evaluation are shown to be decreasing in asset liquidity, implying that more developed financial markets should have more delegation. However, such markets are not less prone to runs since higher delegation offsets the stability-enhancing impact of asset liquidity.

Keywords: absolute and relative performance evaluation, financial market runs, fire-sales, asset liquidity

JEL Classification: G23, G28

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Wolf, Performance Evaluation and Financial Market Runs (June 24, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Wolf Wagner (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA

Do you have negative results from your research you’d like to share?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics