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Estimating the Intensity of Choice in a Dynamic Mutual Fund Allocation Decision

  • David Goldbaum

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    (Economics Rutgers University)

  • Bruce Mizrach

We estimate the intensity of choice parameter in heterogenous agent models in both a static and dynamic setting. Mean-variance optimizing agents choose among mutual funds of similar styles but varying performance. Actively managed funds have a lower Sharpe ratio than passive index funds, yet they attract a majority share of asset allocation. By estimating the relative growth of passive funds, we obtain a dynamic estimate of the intensity of choice calibrated to 10 years of mutual fund flows

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2005 with number 295.

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