David Schumacher

Assistant Professor, Finance Area
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University

1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 1G5, Canada

E-Mail: david.schumacher@mcgill.ca
Phone: (+1) 514-398-4778
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Curriculum Vitae    


Research Interests

International Finance, Asset Management, Financial Institutions, Asset Pricing, Portfolio Choice.    


  • Outsourcing in the International Mutual Fund Industry: An Equilibrium View    
    (joint with O. Chuprinin and M. Massa). Journal of Finance 70(5), 2015, 2275-2308.
Abstract: We study outsourcing relationships among international asset management firms. We find that in companies that manage both outsourced and inhouse funds, inhouse funds outperform outsourced funds by 0.85% annually (57% of the expense ratio). We attribute this result to preferential treatment of inhouse funds via the preferential allocation of IPOs, trading opportunities and cross-trades, especially at times when inhouse funds face steep outflows and require liquidity. We explain preferential treatment with agency problems: it increases with the subcontractor's market power and the difficulty of monitoring the subcontractor and decreases with the subcontractor's amount of parallel inhouse activity.
  • Home Bias Abroad: Domestic Industries and Foreign Portfolio Choice    
    Review of Financial Studies 31(5), 2018, 1654-1706.
Abstract: In their foreign portfolio allocations, international mutual funds overweight industries that are comparatively large in their domestic stock market. Aggregate excess foreign industry allocations are sizeable, on average amounting to over 100% for the largest domestic industries. While this foreign industry bias partly reflects familiarity-based motives, a large body of evidence on investment and performance patterns is on the whole remarkably consistent with a specialized learning motive contributing to the bias. This suggests that differences in industry structures across domestic stock markets proxy for international information asymmetries.
  • Information Barriers in Global Markets: Evidence from International Subcontracting Relationships    
    (joint with M. Massa). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming.
Abstract: We study the link between information barriers in global markets and the organizational form of asset management. Fund families outsource funds in which they are at an informational disadvantage to generate performance. Using a structural model of self-selection, we endogenize the outsourcing decision and estimate positive gains from outsourcing of 4­14 basis points per month, thereby reconciling underperformance of outsourced funds with performance maximization by fund families. The gains from outsourcing provide a novel proxy for the information barriers that segment global financial markets: the more segmented the underlying markets where the funds invest, the larger the gains from outsourcing.

Working Papers

  • Returns to Scale from Labor Specialization:Evidence from Global Asset Management    
    (joint with M. Luo and A. Manconi).
Abstract: We use mergers in the global asset management industry to study the returns to scale from labor specialization. Mergers are followed by an increase in managerial turnover that assigns fund managers to more specialized tasks. This leads to increased specialization and product differentiation, creating an incremental $60 million of value added per merger per year on average. Such value creation is concentrated in "mergers of equals" that lead to the largest increases in firm size. Our results provide direct and quantifiable evidence on the value of the firm's role in assigning employees to tasks.

This paper received media coverage from 929.
  • Who is afraid of BlackRock?    
    (joint with M. Massa and Y. Wang).
Abstract: We exploit the merger between BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors to study how changes in expected ownership concentration affect the investment behavior of funds and the cross-section of stocks worldwide. We find that funds with open-end structures and a large exposure to commonly-held stocks begin avoiding these stocks following the merger announcement. This leads to a permanent change in the composition of institutional ownership which has a negative price and liquidity impact. We confirm these results in a large sample of global asset management mergers. Our findings suggest that market participants act strategically in response to changes in expected financial fragility.

This paper received media coverage from The Economist, Spiegel, Ignites, Fund Fire, CIO, Top1000funds.com, The Business Times Singapore, 929, Handelsblatt, and Manager Magazin. My co-author Massimo Massa was interviewed on the paper by CNBC.
  • Contagion and Decoupling in Intermediated Financial Markets    
Abstract: I analyze the interplay between fundamental and intermediation risk in a multi-asset dynamic general equilibrium model with heterogeneous agents. Agents differ in their level of direct access to investment opportunities. Intermediation relationships are formed to overcome limited market access. Intermediation risk is captured via frictions in the relationships between agents that introduce fragility into asset prices. Asset prices are fragile when they have a concentrated investor base making them dependent on the fortunes of a few investors. In contrast, a non-concentrated investor base makes asset prices resilient with respect to intermediation risk. But not all assets with a concentrated investor base are fragile. I identify fundamental characteristics that induce resilience in assets with a common concentrated investor base. These characteristics lead to portfolio rebalancing within the common investor base that makes some assets resilient and renders others fragile in the presence of intermediation risk. Likewise, in a multi-asset framework, assets that are resilient due to a broad investor base are not completely immune to the fragility experienced by other assets. In a dynamic context, fragile assets tend to experience contagion whereas resilient assets tend to decouple whenever the intermediation frictions are severe. I argue that an understanding of the dynamic behavior of asset prices requires an understanding of fundamental and intermediation risk as well as the interaction between the two.