A Measure of Pure Home Bias

Cooper, I A, Sercu, P and Vanpee, R (2018) A Measure of Pure Home Bias. Review of Finance, 22 (4). pp. 1469-1514. ISSN 1572-3097 OPEN ACCESS


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.

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© 2017 European Finance Association. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Review of Finance following peer review. The version of record: Cooper I, Sercu P & Vanpee R, A measure of pure home bias, Review of Finance, rfx005 is available online at: 10.1093/rof/rfx005 and at: https://doi.org/10.1093/rof/rfx005

Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 11:28
Date of first compliant deposit: 04 Jan 2017
Subjects: Portfolio investment
Economic growth
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 01:40
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/774

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