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Foreign Ownership Restrictions and Equity price Premiums: Explaining the High Cost of International Diversification


  • Bailey, W.
  • Peter, C.Y.
  • Jun-Koo, K.


Companies in many countries have designated shares restricted to locals and otherwise identical unrestricted shares available to foreigners. With the ever-increasing demand for international portfolio investments, these foreign ownership restrictions typically lead to large price premiums for unrestricted shares relative to otherwise identical restricted shares. The price premiums are a substantial additional cost to foreign portfolio investment. Using data from eleven countries with binding foreign ownership limits, we explore the relative pricing of restricted and unrestricted shares with a variety of concepts from the finance literature.

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  • Bailey, W. & Peter, C.Y. & Jun-Koo, K., 1997. "Foreign Ownership Restrictions and Equity price Premiums: Explaining the High Cost of International Diversification," The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management 97-10, The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. University of California Riverside.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:caland:97-10

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    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements


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