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Home Bias at the Fund Level


  • Harald Hau
  • Helene Rey


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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  • Harald Hau & Helene Rey, 2008. "Home Bias at the Fund Level," NBER Working Papers 14172, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:14172
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    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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