Geert Bekaert

What Segments Equity Markets?

Coauthor(s): Campbell Harvey, Christian Lundblad, Stephan Siegel.


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We propose a new, valuation-based measure of world equity market segmentation. While we observe decreased levels of segmentation in many developing countries, the level of segmentation is still significant. In contrast to previous research, we characterize the factors that account for variation in market segmentation both through time as well as across countries. While a country's regulation with respect to foreign capital flows is important in determining its level of segmentation, we find that non-regulatory factors are also related to the cross-sectional and time-series variation in the level of segmentation. We identify a country's political risk profile and its stock market development as two additional local segmentation factors as well as the U.S. corporate credit spread as a global segmentation factor.

Source: Reviewof Financial Studies
Exact Citation:
Bekaert, Geert, Campbell Harvey, Christian Lundblad, and Stephan Siegel. "What Segments Equity Markets?" Reviewof Financial Studies 24, no. 12 (2011): 3847-3890.
Volume: 24
Number: 12
Pages: 3847-3890
Date: 2011