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Are Foreign Institutional Investors Good for Emerging Markets?

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  • Frenkel, Michael
  • Menkhoff, Lukas

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Portfolio flows channeled via institutional investors were the most dynamic capital flows to emerging markets in the 1990s. We use an asymmetric information framework to derive five propositions, to integrate empirical evidence and to suggest policy implications. Opaque information in emerging markets hinders foreign market entrants. Moreover, following financial opening, institutional investors can worsen the position of local investors due to unintentionally creating unbalanced diversification and obscure risks. Finally, foreign institutional investors often amplify investment booms and financial contagion. Therefore, capital account and financial market liberalization needs to be accompanied by careful regulation.

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  • Frenkel, Michael & Menkhoff, Lukas, 2003. "Are Foreign Institutional Investors Good for Emerging Markets?," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-283, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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    Keywords

    Portfolio Flows; Institutional Investors; Emerging Markets; Asymmetric Information; International Capital Flows;

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    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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