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Mathias Kronlund

Freeman School of Business
Tulane University
7 McAlister Dr
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Institutional Affiliation: Tulane University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2020Out of Sight No More? The Effect of Fee Disclosures on 401(k) Investment Allocations
with Veronika K. Pool, Clemens Sialm, Irina Stefanescu: w27573
We examine the effects of a 2012 regulatory reform that mandated fee and performance disclosures for the investment options in 401(k) plans. We show that participants became significantly more attentive to expense ratios and short-term performance after the reform. The disclosure effects are stronger among plans with large average contributions per participant and weaker for plans with many investment options. Additionally, these results are not driven by secular changes in investor behavior or sponsor-initiated changes to the investment menus. Our findings suggest that providing salient fee and performance information can mitigate participants' inertia in retirement plans.
The Role of Assets In Place: Loss of Market Exclusivity and Investment
with Matthew J. Higgins, Ji Min Park, Joshua Pollet: w27588
We utilize a novel identification strategy to analyze the impact of assets in place on firms' decisions for future projects. We exploit the context in the pharmaceutical industry, where the loss of market exclusivity for a branded drug can be used to separate the impact of cash flows generated by a firm's current assets in place from the characteristics of its future investment opportunities. We first show that around the exclusivity losses in our sample of large drugs, the affected firms' profitability drop significantly. The timing of this profitability decrease was predetermined many years ago, and therefore, arguably independent of current investment opportunities. Nevertheless, we find that R&D spending drops by approximately 25% over two years following the loss of exclusivity. We al...

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