Nicola Pavoni - Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

November 6, 2017
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

Optimal Delegation, Unawareness and Financial Intermediation (with Sarah Auster)

We study the delegation problem between an investor and a financial intermediary. The intermediary has private information about the state of the world that determines the return of the investment. Moreover, he has superior awareness of the available investment opportunities and decides whether to reveal some of them to the investor. We show that the intermediary has incentives to make the investor aware of investment opportunities at the extremes, e.g. very risky and very safe projects, while leaving the investor unaware of intermediate investment options. We study how the extent to which the intermediary reveals available investment opportunities to the investor depends on the investor’s initial awareness and the degree of competition between intermediaries in the market. We provide evidence of the mechanism described by the model using self-reported data on small investor’s experience in the Italian retail investment sector.