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Investor Panic, IMF Actions, and Emerging Stock Market Returns and Volatility


Bernd Hayo


University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

Ali M. Kutan


Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

November 2001

ZEI Working Paper No. B01-27

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In this paper, we examine the reaction of stock market returns and volatility in a diverse group of six emerging markets to a set of IMF events. In particular, we test within a panel framework whether there was an "investor panic" causing a significant drop in stock market returns on the days of negative IMF events. We find that on average negative (positive) IMF news reduce (increase) daily stock returns by about one percentage point. The most influential single event is the delay of loans from the IMF, which reduces stock returns by about one and a half percentage points. IMF news do not have a significant impact on the volatility of stock markets. Thus, it appears that IMF actions and events primarily have an effect on pay-offs but not on risk, and do not appear to support the hypothesis of IMF induced "investor panics".

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: IMF news, stock market returns, emerging markets, financial markets

JEL Classification: F300, G100

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Date posted: December 8, 2001  

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Hayo, Bernd and Kutan, Ali M., Investor Panic, IMF Actions, and Emerging Stock Market Returns and Volatility (November 2001). ZEI Working Paper No. B01-27. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=292823 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.292823

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Bernd Hayo (Contact Author)
University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics ( email )
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Ali M. Kutan
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville ( email )
Department of Economics and Finance AH-3141
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1102
United States
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