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Is there an illiquidity premium in frontier markets?

Szymon Stereńczak, Adam Zaremba and Zaghum Umar

Emerging Markets Review, 2020, vol. 42, issue C

Abstract: We perform a comprehensive examination of the role of stock-level liquidity in the cross-section of frontier market stock returns. Using several popular liquidity measures and a battery of asset pricing tests, we investigate the illiquidity premium in 22 countries for the years 1991–2019. Contrary to typical relationships in developed and emerging markets, we find no evidence of illiquidity premium in frontier equities. Our findings support the hypothesis that for countries not fully integrated with the global economy, the diversification benefits offset the illiquidity, which, in turn, proves less important.

Keywords: Illiquidity premium; Liquidity; Frontier stock markets; Asset pricing; The cross-section of returns (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ememar.2019.100673

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