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Market efficiency of commodity futures in India

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  • Inoue, Takeshi
  • Hamori, Shigeyuki

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This paper aims to examine the market efficiency of the commodity futures market in India, which has been growing phenomenally for the last few years. We estimate the long-run equilibrium relationship between the multi-commodity futures and spot prices and then test for market efficiency in a weak form sense by applying both the DOLS and the FMOLS methods. The entire sample period is from 2 January 2006 to 31 March 2011. The results indicate that a cointegrating relationship is found between these indices and that the commodity futures market seems to be efficient only during the more recent sub-sample period since July 2009.

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  • Inoue, Takeshi & Hamori, Shigeyuki, 2012. "Market efficiency of commodity futures in India," IDE Discussion Papers 370, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    4. Mohanty, Sunil K. & Mishra, Sibanjan, 2020. "Regulatory reform and market efficiency: The case of Indian agricultural commodity futures markets," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 52(C).
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    Keywords

    India; Financial market; Primary commodities; Prices; Futures markets; Commodity futures; Efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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