Benchmarking Intensity

Pavlova, A and Sikorskaya, T (2023) Benchmarking Intensity. Review of Financial Studies, 36 (3). pp. 859-903. ISSN 0893-9454 OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

Benchmarking incentivizes fund managers to invest a fraction of their funds’ assets in their benchmark indices, and such demand is inelastic. We construct a measure of inelastic demand a stock attracts, benchmarking intensity (BMI), computed as its cumulative weight in all benchmarks, weighted by assets following each benchmark. Exploiting the Russell 1000/2000 cutoff, we show that changes in stocks’ BMIs instrument for changes in ownership of benchmarked investors. The resulting demand elasticities are low. We document that both active and passive fund managers buy additions to their benchmarks and sell deletions. Finally, an increase in BMI lowers future stock returns.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2022 10:48
Date of first compliant deposit: 15 Mar 2022
Subjects: Finance
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2024 02:32
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/2495
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