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Bonus Payments and Fund Managers' Behavior: Transatlantic Evidence

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  • Thomas P. Gehrig
  • Torben Lütje
  • Lukas Menkhoff

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This questionnaire survey of fund managers in USA, Germany, and Switzerland documents a distinctly positive influence of bonus payments on investment behavior on both sides of the Atlantic. Higher bonus payments are significantly related to higher working effort but not to risk-taking. They also seem to induce fund managers to rely more on fundamental information. Findings within regions are confirmed by Transatlantic evidence as US fund managers receive larger bonuses but also show the effects to a higher degree. The effects documented are stronger for relative than for absolute performance assessment. (JEL-Codes: G23, G14) Copyright , Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by CESifo in its journal CESifo Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 55 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3-4 ()
Pages: 569-594

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