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Information and capital flows revisited: The Internet as a determinant of transactions in financial assets

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  • Choi, Changkyu
  • Rhee, Dong-Eun
  • Oh, Yonghyup

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We extend Portes et al. (2001) by introducing the Internet as a variable, and we test the model empirically by using cross-country panel data on portfolio flows between the United States and other countries from 1990 to 2008. Asymmetric information accounts for the strong negative relationship between international asset transactions and distance. The Internet plays an important role in mitigating information asymmetry between countries and increases the volume of cross-border portfolio flows.

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  • Choi, Changkyu & Rhee, Dong-Eun & Oh, Yonghyup, 2014. "Information and capital flows revisited: The Internet as a determinant of transactions in financial assets," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 191-198.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:40:y:2014:i:c:p:191-198
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2014.03.027
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    1. Joël Cariolle & Maëlan Le Goff & Olivier Santoni, 2017. "Fast Internet, digital vulnerabilities and firm performances in developing and transition countries," Post-Print hal-01569846, HAL.
    2. Joël CARIOLLE & Maëlan LE GOFF & Olivier SANTONI, 2017. "Broadband infrastructure deployment, digital vulnerability, and local firm performance in developing and transition countries," Working Papers P195, FERDI.
    3. Joël CARIOLLE & Maëlan LE GOFF & Olivier SANTONI, 2018. "Broadband infrastructure deployment, digital vulnerability, and local firm performance in developing and transition countries," Working Papers P195, FERDI.
    4. Rogelio Mercado Jr., 2018. "Bilateral Capital Flows: Transaction Patterns and Gravity," Trinity Economics Papers tep0218, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2018.
    5. repec:eee:iepoli:v:43:y:2018:i:c:p:34-47 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    The Internet; Cross-border portfolio flows; Gravity equation; Information asymmetries; Home bias;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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