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Pandemics and the Asia-Pacific Islamic Stocks

Afees Salisu () and Sikiru Abdulsalam

Asian Economics Letters, 2021, vol. 1, issue 1, 1-5

Abstract: In this paper, we examine the potential of the Asia-Pacific Islamic stock market to serve as a good hedge against uncertainty due to pandemics and epidemics (UPE). Relying on a new dataset for UPE, we find evidence in favour of the hedging potential of the Asia-Pacific Islamic stocks against UPE albeit with lower hedging effectiveness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, results show improved out-of-sample forecasts of stock returns when using the UPE predictor.

Keywords: islamic stocks; conventional stocks; pandemics; hedging; predictability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G15 G17 I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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