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Home Bias at the Fund Level

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  • Harald Hau
  • Helene Rey

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This paper presents new stylized facts on the distribution of the home bias at the fund level. We find (i) a large heterogeneity in the degree of home bias across mutual funds; (ii) a positive correlation between the size of funds and home bias; and (iii) a positive correlation between the size of funds, the number of foreign countries and the number of sectors in which they invest. These facts constitute a challenge for existing theories.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 98 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 333-38

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:98:y:2008:i:2:p:333-38

Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.98.2.333
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