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Benchmark effects from the inclusion of Chinese A-shares in the MSCI EM index

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  • Antonelli, Stefano
  • Corneli, Flavia
  • Ferriani, Fabrizio
  • Gazzani, Andrea

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We study the implications of benchmark indexing for emerging economies by focusing on the inclusion of Chinese A-shares in the MSCI EM index. Making use of a rich dataset on fund allocations and flows between 2015 and 2020, we document an escalating weight of Chinese exposure in mutual funds and an increasing concentration of fund portfolios. We rely on a Bayesian VAR model to show that the inclusion of A-shares in the MSCI EM index has fostered capital flows into China and has, at the same time, reduced the flows to the other emerging economies listed in the same index.

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  • Antonelli, Stefano & Corneli, Flavia & Ferriani, Fabrizio & Gazzani, Andrea, 2022. "Benchmark effects from the inclusion of Chinese A-shares in the MSCI EM index," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 216(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:216:y:2022:i:c:s016517652200180x
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2022.110600
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    Keywords

    Benchmark indices; International portfolio flows; China; Emerging markets;
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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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