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Are African Stock Markets Integrated with the Rest of the World?

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  • Paul Alagidede

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    (University of Stirling)

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This paper examined equity market integration within the emerging and frontier stock markets of south and east Africa, and the rest of the world. Using maximum likelihood based cointegration we showed that there are weak stochastic trends between African markets and world markets. With the exception of South Africa and Mauritius, African markets are not integrated regionally either. However, analysis of the short run dynamics indicates that size and extent of financial market development drives equity market interdependence, with South Africa accounting for most of the innovations to and, from global markets. Importantly, our results indicate that while diversification potential exists in Africa’s emerging exchanges, the scope of deepening the structural relations both regionally, and with the rest of the world should be of concern to policy makers.

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Article provided by Africagrowth Institute in its journal African Finance Journal.

Volume (Year): 11 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 37-53

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Handle: RePEc:afj:journl:v:11:y:2009:i:1:p:37-53

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Keywords: Equity Market Integration; Cointegration; Portfolio Diversification and African Stock Markets;

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Cited by:
  1. Alagidede, Paul, 2011. "Return behaviour in Africa's emerging equity markets," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 51(2), pages 133-140, May.
  2. Adam, Anokye M. & Tweneboah, George, 2008. "Macroeconomic Factors and Stock Market Movement: Evidence from Ghana," MPRA Paper 11256, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Todd Moss and Ross Thuotte, 2013. "Nowhere Left to Hide? Stock Market Correlation, Regional Diversification, and the Case for Investing in Africa," Working Papers 316, Center for Global Development.
  4. Tinashe Harry Dumile Kambadza & Zivanemoyo Chinzara, 2012. "Returns Correlation Structure and Volatility Spillovers Among the Major African Stock Markets," Working Papers 305, Economic Research Southern Africa.

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