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Goods Trade and International Equity Portfolios

  • Fabrice Collard
  • Harris Dellas
  • Behzad Diba
  • Alan Stockman

We show that international trade in goods is the main determinant of international equity portfolios and offers a compelling -- theoretically and empirically -- resolution of the portfolio home bias puzzle. The model implies that investors can achieve full international risk diversification if the share of wealth invested in foreign equity matches their country's degree of openness (the imports to GDP share). The empirical evidence strongly supports this implication.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13612.

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Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13612
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