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Does cultural distance matter in international stock market comovement? Evidence from emerging economies around the world

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Journal publication date03/2010
JournalEmerging Markets Review
Journal number1
Volume11
Number of pages17
Pages62-78
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Prior research suggests an inverse relationship between geographic distance and financial market linkages. In this paper, we examine whether and how cultural distance between countries mitigates this finding. We find that country-pairs exhibit higher linkages if they have smaller cultural distance. The result remains significant to alternative measures of linkage. Finally, the cultural effect seems to be more pronounced for active-trading country-pairs than thin-trading country-pairs.