Stock market cycles, financial liberalization and volatility

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In this paper we analyze the cycles of the stock markets in four Latin American and two Asian countries, and we compare their characteristics. We divide our sample in two subperiods in order to account for differences induced by the financial liberalization processes of the early 1990s. We find that cycles in emerging countries tend to have shorter duration and larger amplitude and volatility than in developed countries. However, after financial liberalization Latin American stock markets have behaved more similarly to stock markets in developed countries whereas Asian countries have become more dissimilar. Concordance of cycles across markets has increased significantly over time, especially for Latin American countries after liberalization. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.




Edwards, S., Biscarri, J. G., & Pérez de Gracia, F. (2003). Stock market cycles, financial liberalization and volatility. Journal of International Money and Finance, 22(7), 925–955.

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