Financial Education, Investor Protection and International Portfolio Diversification
Forthcoming in Journal of International Money and Finance
43 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2012 Last revised: 2 Feb 2017
Date Written: September 2016
This paper investigates the effect of financial education on foreign portfolio investment. We show that higher investor financial education fosters international diversification, and that its role is particularly pronounced where information problems and monitoring costs are likely to be more severe, that is, in countries where protection of minority shareholders' rights is weaker.
We interpret this evidence as supportive of the conjecture that financial education lessens the informational constraints binding foreign investors.
Keywords: Financial education, home bias, international portfolio investments, investor protection legislation
JEL Classification: G11, G15, G30
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