Foreign capital inflows, economic growth and stock market capitalization in Asian countries: an ARDL bound testing approach

Raza, Syed; Jawaid, Syed
January 2014
Quality & Quantity;Jan2014, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p375
Academic Journal
This study investigates the effects of foreign capital inflows and economic growth on stock market capitalization in 18 Asian countries by using the panel data from the period of 2000-2010. The ARDL bound testing cointegration approach confirms the valid long run relationship between the considered variables. Results indicate that foreign direct investment has significant negative and economic growth has significant positive relationship with the stock market capitalization, whereas, the results of workers' remittances is found insignificant in long run. The error correction model confirms the significant positive relationship of economic growth and workers' remittances while, FDI has negative and significant impact on stock market capitalization in short run. Results of causality test based on Toda and Yamamoto (J Econom 66: 225-250, ) show the bidirectional causal relationship of foreign direct investment and economic growth with stock market capitalization. However, no causal relationship is found in between workers' remittances and stock market capitalization. It is suggested that investor should not idealize the inflow of workers' remittances to invest in Asian stock markets in long run. Simultaneously, size of the economy is a better leading indicator for Asian stock markets. On the other hand, inflows of FDI may mislead the investor to invest. Investor should keep on eye whether FDI come in the competition of domestic market or not? If this happens so investor should not invest in the stock market of host country.


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