International Portfolio Diversification Benefits: Cross-Country Evidence from a Local Perspective
39 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2011
Date Written: December 15, 2005
We investigate how the benefits of international portfolio diversification differ across countries from the perspective of a local investor. We find that the benefits of investing abroad are largest for investors in developing countries, including when controlling for currency effects. Most of the benefits are obtained from investing outside the region of the home country. These global diversification benefits remain large when controlling for short-sales constraints in developing stock markets. The gains from international portfolio diversification appear to be largest for countries with high country risk. In addition to this cross-sectional evidence, we also provide evidence that diversification benefits vary over time as country risk changes. We find that diversification benefits have decreased for most countries in our sample over the past two decades.
Keywords: portfolio investment, diversification benefits, emerging markets, home bias, investment restrictions
JEL Classification: F36, G11, G15
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