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Regional Integration Of Equity Markets In Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • JENIFER PIESSE
  • BRUCE HEARN

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Equity markets in developing and emerging economies have grown in number and importance as a result of financial market globalisation. However, their role in economic growth and development is enhanced if nascent markets are integrated with well-established ones. Market integration, measured by the transmission of returns volatility, is identified across a sample of SSA countries, using a unique dataset. Evidence for potential integration between financial markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is found. Spillovers are found across markets, some unidirectional and others bi-directional. However, continued illiquidity and incomplete institutions indicate that an integrated financial community remains premature, and considerable regulatory reform and harmonisation will be necessary for this to succeed. Copyright 2005 Economic Society of South Africa.

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  • Jenifer Piesse & Bruce Hearn, 2005. "Regional Integration Of Equity Markets In Sub-Saharan Africa," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 73(1), pages 36-52, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:73:y:2005:i:1:p:36-52
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    1. Hearn, Bruce & Piesse, Jenifer & Strange, Roger, 2010. "Market liquidity and stock size premia in emerging financial markets: The implications for foreign investment," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 489-501, October.
    2. Hearn, Bruce & Piesse, Jenifer, 2009. "Sector level cost of equity in African financial markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 10(4), pages 257-278, December.
    3. Patrick Honohan & Thorsten Beck, 2007. "Making Finance Work for Africa," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6626.
    4. Abbas, Qaisar & Khan, Sabeen & Shah, Syed Zulfiqar Ali, 2013. "Volatility transmission in regional Asian stock markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 16(C), pages 66-77.
    5. Bonga-Bonga, Lumengo & Mabe, Queen Magadi, 2016. "How financially integrated are trading blocs in Africa?," MPRA Paper 75716, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Boamah, Nicholas Addai & Loudon, Geoffrey & Watts, Edward J., 2017. "Structural breaks in the relative importance of country and industry factors in African stock returns," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 79-88.
    7. Sugimoto, Kimiko & Matsuki, Takashi & Yoshida, Yushi, 2014. "The global financial crisis: An analysis of the spillover effects on African stock markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 201-233.
    8. Albuquerque de Sousa, J.A. & Beck, T. & van Bergeijk, P.A.G. & van Dijk, M.A., 2016. "Nascent markets: Understanding the success and failure of new stock markets," ISS Working Papers - General Series 623, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    9. repec:eee:jebusi:v:92:y:2017:i:c:p:29-44 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. Bruce Hearn, 2009. "Liquidity And Valuation In East African Securities Markets," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 77(4), pages 553-576, December.

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