Gavazza, Alessandro (2011): Demand Spillovers and Market Outcomes in the Mutual Fund Industry.
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When consumers concentrate their purchases at a single firm, a firm that offers more products than its rivals can gain market share for all its other products, as well. These spillovers induce firms to compete by oﬀering a greater variety of products rather than lower prices, and a natural form of industry concentration with few large firms offering many products can arise if spillovers are strong enough. This paper presents a simple model that illustrates this mechanism explicitly. The empirical analysis documents strong demand spillovers in the retail segment of the U.S. mutual fund industry, in which fees are non-trivial, families offer a large number of funds, and the market is quite concentrated. Instead, spillovers are weaker, fees are lower, families oﬀer fewer funds, and the market structure is more fragmented in the institutional segment. The current design of employer-sponsored defined-contribution retirement plans likely accounts for these differential demand patterns between the retail and the institutional segments.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Demand Spillovers and Market Outcomes in the Mutual Fund Industry|
|Keywords:||mutual funds, retirement plans, demand spillovers, sunk costs.|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L13 - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G23 - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D43 - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L22 - Firm Organization and Market Structure
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D14 - Personal Finance
|Depositing User:||Alessandro Gavazza|
|Date Deposited:||18. Apr 2011 12:50|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 21:23|
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