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Decomposition of mutual fund underperformance

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  • Jin-Li Hu
  • Tzu-Pu Chang

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This article follows a three-stage data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach proposed by Fried et al. (2002) to decompose mutual fund underperformance, in order to obtain pure managerial performance. In the first stage, DEA is used to compute each fund's performance. In the second stage, a stochastic frontier regression decomposes fund underperformance into characteristics (including fund and management attributes), managerial inefficiency, and statistical noise. In the third stage, DEA with slack-adjusted data is used to find out the pure performance. It is found that a fund's performance significantly increases with its size, previous performance, manager's tenure and education, while it decreases with the age of the fund and number of managed funds.

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  • Jin-Li Hu & Tzu-Pu Chang, 2008. "Decomposition of mutual fund underperformance," Applied Financial Economics Letters, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 4(5), pages 363-367.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfelt:v:4:y:2008:i:5:p:363-367
    DOI: 10.1080/17446540701720675
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    2. El-Masry, Ahmed A. & de Mingo-López, Diego Víctor & Matallín-Sáez, Juan Carlos & Tortosa-Ausina, Emili, 2016. "Environmental conditions, fund characteristics, and Islamic orientation: An analysis of mutual fund performance for the MENA region," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 132(S), pages 174-197.
    3. J. Carlos Matallín-Sáez & Amparo Soler-Domínguez & Emili Tortosa-Ausina, 2013. "Does active management add value? New evidence from a quantile regression," Working Papers 2013/01, Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain).

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