Culture and R2

47 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2013 Last revised: 26 Oct 2015

Cheol S. Eun

Georgia Institute of Technology - Finance Area

Lingling Wang

University of Connecticut - Department of Finance

Steven Chong Xiao

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management

Date Written: April 23, 2014

Abstract

Consistent with predictions from the psychology literature, we find that stock prices co-move more (less) in culturally tight (loose) and collectivistic (individualistic) countries. Culture influences stock price synchronicity by affecting correlations in investors’ trading activities and a country’s information environment. Both market-wide and firm-specific variations are lower in tighter cultures. Individualism is mostly associated with higher firm-specific variations. Trade and financial openness weakens the effect of domestic culture on stock price comovements. These results hold for various robustness checks. Our study suggests that culture is an important omitted variable in the literature that investigates cross-country differences in stock price comovements.

Keywords: stock price synchronicity, culture, tightness, individualism, openness

JEL Classification: G15, G12, G02

Suggested Citation

Eun, Cheol S. and Wang, Lingling and Xiao, Steven Chong, Culture and R2 (April 23, 2014). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2315649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2315649

Cheol S. Eun

Georgia Institute of Technology - Finance Area ( email )

755 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

Lingling Wang (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - Department of Finance ( email )

School of Business
2100 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT 06269
United States

Steven Chong Xiao

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management ( email )

P.O. Box 830688
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
United States

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