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Do Islamic stock indexes outperform conventional stock indexes? A stochastic dominance approach

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  • Al-Khazali, Osamah
  • Lean, Hooi Hooi
  • Samet, Anis

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This paper uses stochastic dominance (SD) analysis to examine whether Islamic stock indexes outperform conventional stock indexes by comparing nine Dow Jones Islamic indexes to their Dow Jones conventional counterparts: Asia Pacific, Canadian, Developed Country, Emerging Markets, European, Global, Japanese, UK, and US indexes. Over the periods of 1996–2012 and 2001–2006, we find that all conventional indexes stochastically dominate Islamic indexes at second and third orders in all markets except the European market. However, the European, US, and global Islamic stock indexes dominate conventional ones during the 2007–2012 period. The results indicate that Islamic indexes outperform their conventional peers during the recent global financial crisis. Thus, Islamic investing performs better than conventional investing during meltdown economy.

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  • Al-Khazali, Osamah & Lean, Hooi Hooi & Samet, Anis, 2014. "Do Islamic stock indexes outperform conventional stock indexes? A stochastic dominance approach," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 29-46.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pacfin:v:28:y:2014:i:c:p:29-46
    DOI: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2013.09.003
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    Keywords

    Stochastic dominance; Islamic stock index; Ethical investing;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • 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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