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International stock returns and market integration: A regional perspective

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  • Robin Brooks
  • Marco Del Negro

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An empirical regularity in the portfolio diversification literature is the importance of country effects in explaining international return variation. We develop a new decomposition that disaggregates these country effects into region effects and within-region country effects. We find that half the return variation typically attributed to country effects is actually due to region effects, a result robust across developed and emerging markets, with the remaining variation explained by within-region country effects. For the average investor, this means that diversifying across countries within Europe, for example, delivers half the risk reduction possible from diversifying across regions globally.

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  • Robin Brooks & Marco Del Negro, 2003. "International stock returns and market integration: A regional perspective," FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2002-20, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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