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Testing the efficiency of emerging markets: the case of the Baltic States

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  • Virmantas Kvedaras

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  • Olivier Basdevant

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    There is little evidence on the efficiency of the early stage of the capital market in transition countries, although market structure developments and the learning process could define the framework for efficient markets. The article tries to find out whether financial markets are efficient in the three Baltic States and if not, whether there are any signs of evolving to the efficient capital market. To answer these questions the analysis combines the methodology for testing the efficiency of capital market using the variance ratio robust to heteroscedasticity with the state-space representation, which enables us to use an efficient filtering technique - the Kalman filter - to get time varying autocorrelations. The official Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian stock exchange market indices TALSE, DJRSE, and LITIN comprising the most liquid parts of the stock market in a respective country are analysed. The main conclusion to be drawn from the analysis is that financial markets in the Baltic States are, with some turbulence, approaching weak form of efficiency.

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    Paper provided by Bank of Estonia in its series Bank of Estonia Working Papers with number 2002-9.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 10 Oct 2002
    Date of revision: 10 Oct 2002
    Publication status: published
    Handle: RePEc:eea:boewps:wp2002-09

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