Conferences - Seminars
Career Risk and Market Discipline in Asset Management
By Marco PAGANO, University of Naples Federico II, CSEF and EIEF
We establish that the labor market helps discipline asset managers via the impact of fund liquidations on their careers. Using hand-collected data on 1,948 professionals, we find that top managers working for funds liquidated after persistently poor relative performance suffer demotion coupled with a significant loss in imputed compensation. Scarring effects are absent when liquidations are preceded by normal relative performance or involve mid-level employees. Seen through the lens of a model with moral hazard and adverse selection, these scarring effects can be ascribed to a drop in asset managers' reputation. The findings suggest that performance-induced liquidations supplement compensation-based incentives.
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