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Managerial Incentives and Financial Contagion

  • Sujit Chakravorti

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

  • Subir Lall

    (International Monetary Fund)

This paper proposes a framework for comovements of asset prices with seemingly unrelated fundamentals, as an outcome of optimal portfolio strategies by fund managers. In emerging markets, dedicated managers outperforming a benchmark index and global managers maximizing absolute returns lead to systematic interactions between asset prices, without asymmetric information. The model determines optimal portfolio weights, the incidence of relative value strategies, and prices systematically deviating from fundamentals with limits to arbitraging this differential. Managerial compensation contracts, optimal at the firm level, may lead to inefficiencies at the macroeconomic level. We identify conditions when shocks in one emerging market affect others.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series International Finance with number 0408003.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 16 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpif:0408003
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