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Determinants of equity pension plan flows

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  • Martí Ballester, Carmen Pilar

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The aim of this study is to analyze investor response to different measures of pension plan performance. To do this, we implement a fixed effects panel data methodology corrected by heteroskedasticity, serial correlation and cross-sectional dependence, as proposed by Vogelsang (Heteroskedasticity, autocorrelation, and spatial correlation robust inference in linear panel models with fixed-effects, 2011). The results obtained show that investors make their decision to invest in a specific pension plan depending on past returns and the type of management company administering the plan. However, participants do not react to risk measures, which may be because they consider all plans making up the equity category to entail the same risk.

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  • Martí Ballester, Carmen Pilar, 2013. "Determinants of equity pension plan flows," Economics Discussion Papers 2013-15, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    Keywords

    return; Jensen's Alpha; pension plan flows; panel data models;

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    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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