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Global Bond Portfolios and EMU

Philip R. Lane

Trinity College (Dublin) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

June 2006

IIIS Discussion Paper No. 168

We examine the bilateral composition of international bond portfolios for the euro area and the individual EMU member countries. We find considerable support for euro area bias: EMU member countries disproportionately invest in one another relative to other country pairs. Another striking pattern is the positive connection between trade linkages and financial linkages in explaining asymmetries across EMU member countries in terms of their outward bond investments vis-a-vis external counterparties. Our empirical results underline the impact of currency union on financial integration and support the notion that financial regionalization is the leading force underlying financial globalization.

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Date posted: August 22, 2006  

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Lane, Philip R., Global Bond Portfolios and EMU (June 2006). IIIS Discussion Paper No. 168. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925858 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.925858

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