Annual Conference

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Investment Finance, Senior Fellows/Fellows

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May 2022

We show that the pricing of credit risk in the municipal bond market depends on the salience of its underlying cash-flow shocks. We find that public mass shootings raise borrowing costs of issuers in affected counties by an average of 6 (5.2) basis points in the secondary (primary) market. This incr...
Keywords: Biased Beliefs, Public Mass Shootings, Municipal Debt, Salience
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Annual Conference

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Investment Finance, Senior Fellows/Fellows

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May 2022

We document characteristics-based return anomalies in a large cross-section (>4,000) of crypto assets. Cryptocurrency returns exhibit momentum in the largest-cap group, reversals in other size groups, and strong crypto value and network adoption premia, from which we derive two novel factors to a...
Keywords: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, DeFi, Factor Models, Network Effect, Market Segmentation
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Annual Conference

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Investment Finance, Senior Fellows/Fellows

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May 2022

We examine how tax evasion affects offshore asset managers’ incentives for information production. Using the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as an exogenous shock, we document that affected funds significantly enhance their performance as a response. This improvement comes from better i...
Keywords: Tax evasion, FATCA, Mutual Funds, managerial incentives, market efficiency
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Annual Conference

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Investment Finance, Senior Fellows/Fellows

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May 2022

While major stock market indices are followed by large monetary investments, we document that membership decisions for S&P 500 have a nontrivial amount of discretion. We show that firms’ purchases of S&P ratings appear to improve their chance of entering the index (but purchases of Moody...
Keywords: S&P 500, Conflict of interest, Credit rating, Stock index
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Annual Conference

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Investment Finance

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May 2022

This paper investigates the role of birth order on managerial behavior using rich data on familial background of US mutual fund managers. We find that managers who are born later in the sibling hierarchy take on more investment risks relative to first-born managers. Later-born managers deviate more ...
Keywords: birth order, mutual fund manager, fund risk, parental resources, evolutionary psychology, sibling rivalry
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