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On the relationship between economic freedom and equity returns in the emerging markets: Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) stock markets

  • Smimou, Kamal
  • Karabegovic, Amela
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    Although the relationship between economic freedom and equity returns has been investigated in the literature, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) equity markets were usually excluded. The aim of this paper is to fill in this gap by examining the relationship between economic freedom index and equity market returns after accounting for a number of control variables. Evidence shows that changes in economic freedom have a positive impact on equity market returns, which are not explained by business-cycle control variables related to expected returns, and that legal structure and security of property rights have the most significant impact.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Emerging Markets Review.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 119-151

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