A measure of pure home bias

Cooper, I and Sercu, P and Vanpee, R (2017) A measure of pure home bias. Review of Finance. ISSN 1572-3097 (In Press)

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Abstract

The literature on international equity holdings distinguishes between home bias (overweighting of home stocks) and foreign bias (relative underweighting for more 'distant' countries). The two biases can be integrated into one distance-based model. We define pure home bias as the excess of home bias relative to this model, and find pure home bias only in emerging markets. Countries with high tax rates and low credit standing have higher pure home bias, and more development comes with lower distance aversion. Methodologically, the choice of portfolio bias measure matters. We find the best measure to be a covariance-based measure relative to the world average.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 European Finance Association
Subjects: P > Portfolio investment
E > Economic growth
Subject Areas: Finance
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 11:28
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 09:36
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/774

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