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Regional and Global Financial Integration in East Asia

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  • Soyoung Kim

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    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

  • Jong-Wha Lee

    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

  • Kwanho Shin

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

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We examine the degree of regional vs. global financial integration of East Asian countries in three ways; (1) comparing the size of cross-border assets such as securities and bank claims (2) estimating the gravity model of bilateral financial asset holdings (3) estimating consumption risk sharing model. The results suggest that East Asian financial markets, particularly compared to the European ones, are relatively less integrated with each other than to global markets. We also find relatively more evidence of regional financial integration in bank claim markets than portfolio asset markets. The low financial integration within East Asia is attributed to the low incentives for portfolio iversification within the region, the low degree of development and deregulation of financial markets, and the instability in monetary and exchange rate regime.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Korea University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 0602.

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