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Understanding the Equity Home Bias: Evidence from Survey Data


  • Norman Strong

    (University of Manchester)

  • Xinzhong Xu

    (Peking University)


This study uses survey data of fund managers' views on prospects for international equity markets to shed light on why investment portfolios are significantly biased towards domestic equities. We find that fund managers from the United States, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and Japan show a significant relative optimism towards their home equity market. Where institutional factors have largely failed to explain the puzzle, our evidence lends support to behavioral explanations of the bias. © 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Norman Strong & Xinzhong Xu, 2003. "Understanding the Equity Home Bias: Evidence from Survey Data," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 85(2), pages 307-312, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:85:y:2003:i:2:p:307-312

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