Cross-Country Effects in Herding Behaviour: Evidence from Four South European Markets
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University of Manchester - Manchester Business School
University of Piraeus - Department of Business Administration
March 21, 2011
Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Forthcoming
This study provides comprehensive evidence testing for the existence of herding effects in the Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Greek market, constructing a survivor-bias-free dataset of daily stock returns during the period January 1998 - December 2008. Moreover, it examines the potential asymmetries of herding effects with respect to the sign of the market return, trading activity and volatility. A novel feature of this study, with implications for financial stability in the Eurozone and international portfolio diversification, is to examine whether the cross-sectional dispersion of returns in one market is affected by the cross-sectional dispersion of returns in the rest three markets. Finally, it tests whether herding effects became more intense during the recent global financial crisis of 2007-2008.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Herding behaviour, PIGS, International financial markets, Cross-sectional dispersion of returns, Financial crisis
JEL Classification: G01, G12, G15Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 26, 2011 ; Last revised: April 14, 2011
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