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Goods Trade and International Equity Portfolios

  • Fabrice Collard

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • Harris Dellas

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    (Department of Economics, University of Bern)

  • Behzad Diba

    (Department of Economics, Georgetown University)

  • Alan Stockman

    (Department of Economics, University of Rochester)

We show that international trade in goods is the main determinant of international equity portfolios and it also offers a compelling - theoretically and empirically - resolution of the portfolio home bias puzzle. The model implies that investors can achieve full international risk diversification if the share of wealth invested in foreign equity matches their country's degree of openness (the imports to GDP share). The empirical evidence strongly supports this implication.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2009-14.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2009-14
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