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CEP discussion paper
Home Bias, Transactions Costs, and Prospects for the Euro: A More Detailed Analysis
Catherine L. Mann and Ellen E. Meade
June 2002
Paper No' CEPDP0537:
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JEL Classification: F21;F31;G11;G15

Tags: portfolio choice; equity flows; exchange rates

This paper brings together the literature on determination of home bias in equity holdings and the portfolio balance model of exchange rates to consider whether the dollar might be affected by a change in transactions costs that alters international portfolio allocations. Our empirical findings lend support to the view that transactions costs have a significant influence on US portfolio holdings, even after accounting for float market share. In addition, new survey evidence on the equity holdings of European firms indicates home bias for European investors, and points to a reduction in the magnitude of this home bias since 1997.