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Cross-country effects in herding behaviour: Evidence from four south European markets

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  • Economou, Fotini
  • Kostakis, Alexandros
  • Philippas, Nikolaos

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This study provides comprehensive evidence testing for the existence of herding effects in the Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Greek market, constructing a survivor-bias-free dataset of daily stock returns during the period January 1998-December 2008. Moreover, it examines the potential asymmetries of herding effects with respect to the sign of the market return, trading activity and volatility. A novel feature of this study, with implications for financial stability in the Eurozone and international portfolio diversification, is to examine whether the cross-sectional dispersion of returns in one market is affected by the cross-sectional dispersion of returns in the rest three markets. Finally, it tests whether herding effects became more intense during the recent global financial crisis of 2007-2008.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money.

Volume (Year): 21 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 443-460

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Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:21:y:2011:i:3:p:443-460

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Keywords: Herding behaviour PIGS International financial markets Cross-sectional dispersion of returns Financial crisis;

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  1. Gavriilidis, Konstantinos & Kallinterakis, Vasileios & Ferreira, Mario Pedro Leite, 2013. "Institutional industry herding: Intentional or spurious?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 192-214.
  2. Gębka, Bartosz & Wohar, Mark E., 2013. "International herding: Does it differ across sectors?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 55-84.
  3. Demirer, Rıza & Kutan, Ali M. & Zhang, Huacheng, 2014. "Do ADR investors herd?: Evidence from advanced and emerging markets," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 138-148.

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