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Rational Speculative Bubbles: An Empirical Investigation of the Middle East and North African (MENA) Stock Markets

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  • Jung-Suk Yu

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    (Macroeconomic Research Department Finance Team, Samsung Economic Research Institute)

  • Kabir Hassan

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    (Department of Financial Economics,College of Business Administration,University of New Orleans)

Despite recent extreme fluctuations of Middle East and North African (MENA) stock markets, we do not find strong evidence of rational speculative bubbles from the perspective of both domestic and U.S-based investors. Fractional integration tests built on ARFIMA models do not support the possibility of bubbles in MENA stock markets. Similarly, duration dependence tests based on nonparametric Nelson-Aalen hazard functions not only reject the existence of bubbles but also support equality of hazard functions between domestic and U.S-based investors without regard to the rapid financial liberalization and integration in the MENA stock markets.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
Date of revision: 01 Jan 2008
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
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