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Spatial Linkages in International Financial Markets

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  • Viviana Fernández

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Spatial dependency has been broadly studied in several research areas, such as environmental criminology, economic geography, environmental sciences, and urban economics. However, it has been essentially overlooked in other subfields of economics and in the field of finance as a whole. A key element at stake is the definition of contiguity. In the context of financial markets, defining a metric distance is not a simple matter. In this article, we explore the notion of spatial dependency in a panel of 126 Latin American firms from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico over the period 1997-2006. Firstly, we formulate a spatial version of the capital asset pricing model (S-CAPM), which accounts for alternative measures of distance between firms, such as market capitalization, the market-to-book, enterprise value-to-EBITDA, and the debt ratios. Secondly, we analyze the potential existence of spatial linkages in investment and dividend decisions. We conclude that there may be contemporaneous linkages in firms’ decisions of such ratios, which may be indicative of some strategic behavior.

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Paper provided by IIIS in its series The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series with number iiisdp234.

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  1. Tam, Pui Sun, 2014. "A spatial–temporal analysis of East Asian equity market linkages," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 304-327.
  2. Asgharian, Hossein & Hess, Wolfgang & Liu, Lu, 2013. "A spatial analysis of international stock market linkages," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 4738-4754.
  3. Keiler, Sebastian & Eder, Armin, 2013. "CDS spreads and systemic risk: A spatial econometric approach," Discussion Papers 01/2013, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
  4. Matthias Arnold & Sebastian Stahlberg & Dominik Wied, 2013. "Modeling different kinds of spatial dependence in stock returns," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(2), pages 761-774, April.
  5. Mate-Sanchez, Mariluz & López Hernández, Fernando A. & Lacambra, Jesus Mur, 2012. "Analyzing long-term average adjustment of financial ratios with spatial interactions," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 1370-1376.

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