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Stock market integration in Africa

Agyei-Ampomah, S (2011) Stock market integration in Africa Managerial Finance, 37 (3). 242 - 256. ISSN 0307-4358

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature and extent of linkages between African stock markets and the relationships between these markets and that of regional and global indices. Design/methodology/approach – The monthly returns of S&P/IFC return indices for ten African countries over the period 1998-2007 were analyzed. The index return volatility was decomposed into three components following Barari and the contributions of regional and global market movements to the local index volatility were estimated. Findings – It was found that African stock markets are still segmented from global markets in spite of recent structural adjustments and that the local index volatility is largely country-specific, which can be diversified away by cross-country diversification. Originality/value – This paper provides further evidence on stock market integration in emerging markets. The finding suggests that African stock markets, with the exception of South Africa, are still segmented from global markets. Thus, recent structural adjustment and liberalisation policies have not reduced stock market segmentation in Africa. This paper therefore has implications for policy makers and international investors.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Surrey Business School
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Date : 2011
Identification Number : 10.1108/03074351111113306
Additional Information : This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Mar 2012 12:14
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:12

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