Do Foreign Investors Insulate Firms from Local Shocks? Evidence from the Response of Investable Firms to Monetary Policy
52 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2010 Last revised: 22 Dec 2017
Date Written: December 21, 2017
Extant theory suggests that foreign ownership of shares of emerging-market (investable) firms may insulate them from local shocks. Examining 24 emerging markets, we find that the returns of both investable and non-investable firms are sensitive to local monetary policy shocks. Surprisingly, in 46% of our country-sample, investable stock returns are more sensitive to local shocks than non-investable stock returns. Differences in leverage, stock liquidity, exposure to domestic product markets, or industry cyclicality do not drive these findings. These findings reinforce a positive association between investability and price efficiency found by prior research and have implications for the decision to further open frontier and emerging markets and the conduct of emerging-market monetary policy.
Keywords: investable stocks, non-investable stocks, local shocks, monetary policy, structural VAR, price efficiency, financial liberalization
JEL Classification: E52, F36, G15
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