Access to information and international portfolio allocation

Thapa, Chandra and Paudyal, Krishna and Neupane, Suman (2013) Access to information and international portfolio allocation. Journal of Banking and Finance, 37 (7). pp. 2255-2267. ISSN 0378-4266

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Abstract

We examine whether foreign equity holdings of portfolio investors depend on the level of information accessibility between the investors’ home and host countries. Using a comprehensive data set, alternative measures of information accessibility and robust analytical techniques, we show that differences in access to cross-country information significantly influence investors’ portfolio allocation decisions. Furthermore, the results suggest that for a given level of access to information, investors prefer to invest more in countries with a higher quality of legal/macro-institutions. Finally, the findings also confirm that the implications of information accessibility are more pronounced when markets are turbulent.