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Estimating the Costs of International Equity Investments

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  • Piet Sercu
  • Rosanne Vanpée
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    Generalizing Cooper-Kaplanis (1994), we estimate implied costs that reconcile international portfolios with InCAPM predictions. Costs depend on home- and host-country characteristics and on interactions; we estimate risk tolerance rather than pre-specifying it; and we control for currency risk, inflation hedging, fixed-interest investments, round-tripping and omitted countries. Estimates for developed markets are lower than reported before, but those for new markets are quite high: 2001-2004 inward shadow costs range from 0.01 %p.a. (US) to 37 (Indonesia). We find that equity home bias is related to a mixture of risks and frictions, such as information asymmetries, institutional factors and explicit costs. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by European Finance Association in its journal Review of Finance.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 587-634

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:12:y:2008:i:4:p:587-634

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    Cited by:
    1. Giofré, Maela, 2013. "International diversification: Households versus institutional investors," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 145-176.
    2. Nicolas Coeurdacier & Hélène Rey, 2011. "Home Bias in Open Economy Financial Macroeconomics," NBER Working Papers 17691, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Sercu, Piet & Vanpée, Rosanne, 2011. "The Value of Clean Hands: How to Appeal to International Equity Investors," Working Papers 2011/26, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
    4. De Moor, Lieven & Sercu, Piet & Vanpée, Rosanne, 2007. "The plausibility of risk estimates and implied costs to international equity investment," Working Papers 2007/34, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
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    6. Stefan Ried, 2009. "Putting Up a Good Fight: The Galí-Monacelli Model versus “The Six Major Puzzles in International Macroeconomics”," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2009-020, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    7. Möhlmann, Axel, 2013. "Investor home bias and sentiment about the country benefiting from the tax revenue," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 31-46.

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