The paper ‘Political Representation and Governance: Evidence from the Investment Decisions of Public Pension Funds’ by research fellow Aleksandar Andonov (Erasmus University Rotterdam),  Yael V. Hochberg (Rice University, United States), and Joshua D. Rauh (Stanford University, United States) has been published in The Journal of Finance. Read full paper here.

Abstract

Representation on pension fund boards by state officials—often determined by statute decades past—is negatively related to the performance of private equity investments made by the pension fund, despite state officials’ relatively strong financial education and experience. Their underperformance appears to be partly driven by poor investment decisions consistent with political expediency, and is also positively related to political contributions from the finance industry. Boards dominated by elected rank‐and‐file plan participants also underperform, but to a smaller extent and due to these trustees’ lesser financial experience.

Article Citation: Aleksandar Andonov, Yael V. Hochberg (Rice University, United States), and Joshua D. Rauh (Stanford University, United States), ‘Political Representation and Governance: Evidence from the Investment Decisions of Public Pension Funds,’ The Journal of Finance, Vol 73, Issue 5 (October, 2018), pages 2041-2086.