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The effect of the Euro on country versus industry portfolio diversification

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  • Thomas Flavin

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    (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

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We examine the relative benefits of industrial versus geographical diversification in the Euro zone before and after the introduction of the common currency. A priori, one may expect that increased stock market correlation would precipitate a move from geographical towards industrial diversification. We employ the empirical model of Heston and Rouwenhorst but show that adopting a panel data approach is a more efficient estimation method. We find evidence of a shift in factor importance; from country to industry. However, this is not exclusive to the Euro zone but is also present for non-EMU European countries. Therefore, fund managers should pursue industrial rather than geographical diversification strategies.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1411004.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1411004

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Keywords: Portfolio diversification; industry and country effects; Euro;

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