Transparency and International Portfolio Holdings

  • Author(s): R. GASTON GELOS, SHANG‐JIN WEI
  • Published: Nov 10, 2005
  • Pages: 2987-3020
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2005.00823.x

ABSTRACT

Does country transparency affect international portfolio investment? We examine this question by constructing new measures of transparency and by making use of a unique microdata set on portfolio holdings of emerging market funds around the world. We distinguish between government and corporate transparency. There is clear evidence that funds systematically invest less in less transparent countries. Moreover, funds have a greater propensity to exit nontransparent countries during crises.

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