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Estimating the Costs of International Equity Investments

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  • Piet Sercu
  • Rosanne Vanpée

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Generalizing Cooper-Kaplanis (1994), we estimate implied costs that reconcile international portfolios with InCAPM predictions. Costs depend on home- and host-country characteristics and on interactions; we estimate risk tolerance rather than pre-specifying it; and we control for currency risk, inflation hedging, fixed-interest investments, round-tripping and omitted countries. Estimates for developed markets are lower than reported before, but those for new markets are quite high: 2001-2004 inward shadow costs range from 0.01 %p.a. (US) to 37 (Indonesia). We find that equity home bias is related to a mixture of risks and frictions, such as information asymmetries, institutional factors and explicit costs. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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  • Piet Sercu & Rosanne Vanpée, 2008. "Estimating the Costs of International Equity Investments," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 12(4), pages 587-634.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:12:y:2008:i:4:p:587-634
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