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Evaluating Greek Equity Funds Using Data Envelopment Analysis

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  • Vassilios Babalos
  • Guglielmo Maria Caporale
  • Nikolaos Philippas

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This study assesses the relative performance of Greek equity funds employing a non-parametric method, specifically Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Using an original sample of cost and operational attributes we explore the effect of each variable on funds' operational efficiency for an oligopolistic and bank-dominated fund industry. Our results have significant implications for the investors' fund selection process since we are able to identify potential sources of inefficiencies for the funds. The most striking result is that the percentage of assets under management affects performance negatively, a conclusion which may be related to the structure of the domestic stock market. Furthermore, we provide evidence against the notion of funds' mean-variance efficiency.

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  • Vassilios Babalos & Guglielmo Maria Caporale & Nikolaos Philippas, 2009. "Evaluating Greek Equity Funds Using Data Envelopment Analysis," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 906, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp906
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    Keywords

    Data envelopment analysis; portfolio efficiency; performance evaluation;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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