Do International Portfolio Investors Follow Firms' Foreign Investment Decisions?
Roberto A. De Santis
European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Economics
BI - Norwegian Business School
ECB Working Paper No. 815
We analyze the interlinkages between foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign portfolio investment (FPI) between Germany and the major economies. First, we show that Tobin's q helps explaining the variation of the growth rate of the stock of FDI. Second, we show that foreign and the home stock market returns explain the variation of the growth rate of the stock of FPI. Most importantly, we find that information about foreign fundamentals is revealed via direct investment. In other words, FDI transactions measured by fitted growth rates of the stock of FDI help explaining current growth rates of the stock of FPI. To our knowledge this observation is the first unambiguous evidence that international portfolio investors follow firms' expected foreign investment decisions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment, Foreign Portfolio Investment, Tobin's q, Investor Heterogeneity, and Information Spillovers
JEL Classification: F21, F23, G11, G15working papers series
Date posted: October 2, 2007
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