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The Asset Growth Effect and Investor Protection in Emerging Markets: The Role of the Global Financial Crisis

Halit Gonenc and Silviu Ursu

Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 2018, vol. 54, issue 3, 491-507

Abstract: The previous evidence shows that firms experience lower returns after a period with higher growth in assets. Two alternative explanations have been raised to explain this effect: mispricing and optimal investment. This study examines this effect in 26 emerging markets over the period of 2005–2013 with a special attention to the recent global financial crisis. We find a stronger asset growth effect during the crisis years relative to other years. This effect is stronger in firms with small or medium stock turnover ratio and firms operating in industries with low R&D intensity. We also investigate the heterogeneity across countries and find that a stronger asset growth effect during the crisis years exists only for emerging markets with low protection of shareholders and creditors. We argue that this evidence is in line with the mispricing hypothesis.

Date: 2018
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