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European Financial Integration and Equity Returns: A Theory-Based Assessment

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  • Kpate ADJAOUTÉ

    (HSBC Republic Bank (Suisse) SA & FAME)

  • Jean-Pierre DANTHINE

    (HEC-University of Lausanne, CEPR & FAME)

Abstract

This paper reassesses, at the light of economic and financial theory, the well-documented recent evolution of the euro area public debt and equity markets. Doing so leads to associating the EMU and the single market with the changes in fundamentals and financial integration with convergence in pricing. For the public debt market, we stress the observation, conform with predictions, that risk free interest rates are now less volatile in the euro area. But also the fact that the establishment of a single public debt market is still not completed. The current fragmentation is costly to Treasuries and taxpayers and understanding its cause is important to evaluate the prospects of currently considered measures of financial integration.

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  • Kpate ADJAOUTÉ & Jean-Pierre DANTHINE, 2003. "European Financial Integration and Equity Returns: A Theory-Based Assessment," FAME Research Paper Series rp84, International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering.
  • Handle: RePEc:fam:rpseri:rp84
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    Keywords

    European financial integration; country and sector effects; asset allocation;

    JEL classification:

    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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