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The performance of socially responsible mutual funds: the role of fees and management companies

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  • Javier Gil-Bazo

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  • Pablo Ruiz-Verdu
  • Andre A. P. Santos

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In this paper, we shed light on the debate about the financial performance of socially responsible investment (SRI) mutual funds by separately analyzing the contributions of before-fee performance and fees to SRI funds' performance and by investigating the role played by fund management companies in the determination of those variables. We apply the matching estimator methodology to obtain our results and find that in the period 1997-2005, US SRI funds had significantly higher fees and better before- and after-fee performance than conventional funds with similar characteristics. Differences, however, were driven exclusively by SRI funds run by management companies specialized in socially responsible investment.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía de la Empresa in its series Business Economics Working Papers with number wb083409.

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Keywords: Socially responsible investment; Mutual fund fees; Mutual fund performance; Matching estimators;

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  6. Sebastian Rathner, 2013. "The Influence of Primary Study Characteristics on the Performance Differential Between Socially Responsible and Conventional Investment Funds: A Meta-Analysis," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 118(2), pages 349-363, December.
  7. Jonathan Goncalves, 2013. "Investissement socialement responsable : norme en devenir ou phénomène éphémère ?," Post-Print dumas-00934228, HAL.

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