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Market efficiency of commodity futures in India

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  • Inoue, Takeshi
  • Hamori, Shigeyuki

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This paper aims to examine the market efficiency of the commodity futures market in India, which has been growing phenomenally for the last few years. We estimate the long-run equilibrium relationship between the multi-commodity futures and spot prices and then test for market efficiency in a weak form sense by applying both the DOLS and the FMOLS methods. The entire sample period is from 2 January 2006 to 31 March 2011. The results indicate that a cointegrating relationship is found between these indices and that the commodity futures market seems to be efficient only during the more recent sub-sample period since July 2009.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 370.

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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 370. 2012.10
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper370

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Keywords: India; Financial market; Primary commodities; Prices; Futures markets; Commodity futures; Efficiency;

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