Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mutual Funds and Information Diffusion: The Role of Country-Level Governance

LIN Chunmei Melissa, MASSA Massimo, ZHANG Hong
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Review of Financial Studies 27, 11 (2014) 3343-3387

We hypothesize that poor country-level governance, which makes public information less reliable, induces fund managers to increase their use of semi-public information. Utilizing data from international mutual funds and stocks over the 2000-2009 period, we find that semi-public information-related stock rebalancing can be five times higher in countries with the worst quality of governance than in countries with the best. The use of semi-public information increases price informativeness but also increases information asymmetry and reduces stock liquidity. It also intensifies the price impact and liquidity crunch during the recent global financial crisis.