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The liquidity cost implications arising from the attraction of regional primary listings: Evidence from West Africa

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    This study reviews the liquidity costs for firms in outlying regions in primary listing on a centralized stock exchange. Using a unique hand-collected sample comprising all listed firms from across West Africa we find evidence that firms from outlying regions do have higher illiquidity costs although these can be mitigated from improvements in transparency that are associated with increasing familiarity amongst investment community of central exchange. This evidence has implications regarding the integration of stock exchanges in developing regions where this is likely to result in a greater concentration of liquidity mitigating intended optimal redistribution of capital and resources.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in International Business and Finance.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2014)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 91-110

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:30:y:2014:i:c:p:91-110

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    Keywords: Liquidity; Liquidity determinants; Emerging financial markets; West Africa;

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