Mutual fund industry performance: A network data envelopment analysis approach

I.M. Premachandra, Joe Zhu, John Watson, Don Upatissa Asoka Galagedera

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The objective of this chapter is twofold. First, we present a comprehensive review of the DEA literature that has evaluated mutual fund performance. Second, we propose a two-stage DEA model that decomposes the overall efficiency of a decision-making unit into two components and demonstrate its applicability by assessing the relative performance of 66 large mutual fund families in the US over the period 1993 to 2008. By decomposing the overall efficiency into operational management efficiency and portfolio management efficiency components, we reveal the best performers, the families that deteriorated in performance, and those that improved in their performance over the sample period. We also make frontier projections for poorly performing mutual fund families and highlight how the portfolio managers have managed their funds relative to the others during financial crisis periods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData Envelopment Analysis
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook of Empirical Studies and Applications
EditorsJoe Zhu
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages64
ISBN (Electronic)9781489976840
ISBN (Print)9781489976826
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Series in Operations Research & Management Science
ISSN (Print)0884-8289
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7934


  • Operational management efficiency
  • Portfolio management efficiency
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Input-output models
  • Mutual fund families
  • Performance

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