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Marcin Kacperczyk (Imperial College London)

November 20 @ 12:00

 

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Date:
November 20
Time:
12:00
Event Category:
Academic Events

“Do Foreign Investors Improve Market Efficiency?”

Abstract

We study the impact of foreign institutional investors on global capital allocation and welfare using firm-level international data. Using MSCI index inclusion as an exogenous shock to foreign ownership, we show that greater foreign ownership leads to more informative stock prices and this effect arises more from increased price efficiency than from improved firm governance. We further show that the impact of capital flows on price efficiency is due to real efficiency gains, as opposed to better information disclosure. Finally, we show that foreign ownership increases market liquidity, reduces firms’ cost of equity, and leads to subsequent growth in their real investments, thus improving overall welfare.