The article examines whether mutual fund managers’ career concerns contribute to their herding behavior. We find that mutual funds herd, on average, 71% more in down markets than in up markets. Furthermore, we find that poorly performing funds herd, on average, 17% more than well performing funds, and that this pattern is the result of poorly performing funds that herd, on average, 110% more in down markets relative to up markets. Our evidence is consistent with the argument that poorly performing managers have stronger career concerns, and particularly so in down markets.
Journal of Economics and Finance – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 25, 2017
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