Financial integration in East Asia: An empirical investigation

Hyun Hoon Lee, Hyeon Seung Huh, Donghyun Park

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Abstract

The central objective of this paper is to empirically evaluate the degree of linkages among East Asian equity and bond markets. The primary contribution of our paper to the empirical literature is that we use a financial gravity model grounded in economic theory. Using data from the International Monetary Fund's Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey, we find that intra-East Asian financial asset holdings of four East Asian economies-Hong Kong, China; Japan; the Republic of Korea; and Singapore-are larger than the levels predicted by the financial gravity model. However, our analysis suggests that this result is likely to be driven by intraregional trade linkages, and reflects those linkages. Therefore, the salient implication for regional policy makers is that they should continue topromote intraregional financial integration. This paper also aims to analyze the impact of three different types of country-specific risks-political, economic, and financial risks-on investment from the four economies. This analysis yields a clear positive relationship between destination-country risk, particularly political risk and capital inflows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-42
Number of pages42
JournalADB Economics Working Paper Series
Volume259
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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