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Background Risk and University Endowment Funds

Stephen G. Dimmock

Nanyang Technological University - Division of Finance

February 5, 2010

This paper tests the effect of background risk on university endowment portfolios, where background risk is defined as the volatility of universities’ non-financial income. The results show that higher background risk is associated with lower portfolio standard deviations. Universities with higher background risk invest significantly more in fixed income and less in alternative assets. A one standard deviation increase in background risk increases the allocation to fixed income by approximately 15% relative to the mean. There is also evidence that wealthier, highly selective universities hold riskier portfolios.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Endowment Funds, Background Risk, Asset Allocation, Portfolio Choice, Incomplete Markets

JEL Classification: G11, D52, I22

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Date posted: February 19, 2007 ; Last revised: February 14, 2010

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Dimmock, Stephen G., Background Risk and University Endowment Funds (February 5, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921910 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.921910

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Nanyang Technological University - Division of Finance ( email )
S3-B1B-76 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore, 639798
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