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The degree of financial liberalization and aggregated stock-return volatility in emerging markets

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Banking and Finance
Issue number3
Volume34
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)509-521
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this study, we address whether the degree of financial liberalization affects the aggregated total volatility of stock returns by considering the time-varying nature of financial liberalization. We also explore channels through which the degree of financial liberalization impacts aggregated total volatility. We document a negative relation to the degree of financial liberalization after controlling for size, liquidity, country, and crisis effects, especially for small and medium-sized markets. Moreover, the degree of financial liberalization transmits its negative impact on aggregated total volatility through aggregated idiosyncratic and local volatilities. Overall, our results provide evidence in favor of the view that the broadening of the investor base due to the increasing degree of financial liberalization causes a reduction in the total volatility of stock returns.