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Political risk and the equity trading costs of cross-listed firms

Marcus V. Braga-Alves

The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2018, vol. 69, issue C, 232-244

Abstract: In order to increase investor participation in capital markets and, consequently, minimize the total cost of trading, it is important to identify which political and social attributes most significantly impact trading and adverse selection costs. We examine the effect of the components of the political risk rating compiled by International Country Risk Guide on the equity trading costs of non-U.S. stocks listed on the NYSE in 2011. While the results show a significant effect of political and social attributes on trading costs, they also indicate that this effect is generally not significant on adverse selection costs in periods of extreme price movements. Our analysis allows investors to make a more informed assessment of political risks associated with democratic stability, economic development, government effectiveness, civic cohesiveness and international integration.

Keywords: Political institutions; Equity trading costs; Effective spread; Adverse selection costs; Price impact (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F3 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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