A meta-analysis of mutual fund performance

  • T. Daniel Coggin
  • John E. Hunter

DOI: 10.1007/BF02407005

Cite this article as:
Coggin, T.D. & Hunter, J.E. Rev Quant Finan Acc (1993) 3: 189. doi:10.1007/BF02407005


The purpose of this article is to introduce the statistical technique of meta-analysis of regression results using as our example the Lee and Rahmann (1990) study of the performance of 93 mutual funds. Specifically, we derive and estimate the meta-analysis formulas, explicitly adjusted for correlated regression residuals, which quantify the effect of sampling error on their reported regression results. Our analysis of selectivity reveals some real variation around a mean risk-adjusted excess return of about 1% per year; while our analysis of market timing reveals some real variation around a negative mean value and confirms that the correction for heteroscedasticity does make a difference. An examination of the 80% probability interval for the mean selectivity value indicates that the best mutual funds can deliver substantial risk-adjusted excess returns.

Key words

Meta-analysis econometric estimation investment performance measurement U.S. mutual funds 

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Daniel Coggin
    • 1
  • John E. Hunter
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Retirement SystemRichmond
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing

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