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International herding: Does it differ across sectors?

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  • Gębka, Bartosz
  • Wohar, Mark E.

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This paper investigates the existence of herding in the global equity market. We apply a methodology which utilises cross-country dispersion in index returns. An analysis of national indices world-wide unveils virtually no instances of global information cascades, as price patterns largely adhere to the predictions of the rational pricing models. However, some sector-specific indices reveal price patterns indicative of traders’ irrationality, especially in basic materials, consumer services, and oil and gas. This can be driven by a group of investors following each other in and out of markets, overconfidence, or excessive flight to quality. These irrational patterns decline over time.

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  • Gębka, Bartosz & Wohar, Mark E., 2013. "International herding: Does it differ across sectors?," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 55-84.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intfin:v:23:y:2013:i:c:p:55-84
    DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2012.09.003
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    Keywords

    Herding; Financial contagion; International financial markets; Quantile regressions;

    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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