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International portfolio choice and political instability risk: A multi-objective approach

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The benefits derived from international portfolio diversification into foreign nations (including the less developed countries) are well documented, yet this practice is discouraged due to market imperfections such as political instability. In practice, nations may be differentiated further by many aspects, such as border controls or political and social trends, which constrain private transactions and financial decisions. This paper attempts to examine (1) whether the home asset bias in a portfolio holding is associated with higher political instability risk, and (2) to what extent international diversification among stocks, in the presence of such risk, outperforms domestic stock portfolios. Using alternative instability risk proxies in the context of a discrete-time version of mean–variance framework, we corroborate the impact of this type of risk on international portfolio investment decisions.

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  • Smimou, K., 2014. "International portfolio choice and political instability risk: A multi-objective approach," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 234(2), pages 546-560.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:234:y:2014:i:2:p:546-560
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.01.024
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