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Francis E. Warnock
2001-702  (April 2001, latest version December 2001)

Abstract:  The Tesar and Werner (1995) finding of very high turnover rates on foreign equity portfolios is based on an underestimation of cross-border equity positions. Foreign turnover rates calculated using information from comprehensive benchmark surveys on cross-border holdings are much lower than previously reported and comparable to domestic turnover rates. However, the basic intuition from the Tesar-Werner study, that transaction costs do not help explain the observed home bias, is confirmed using data on transaction costs in 41 markets.

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transaction costs, international portfolio diversification, turnover rates

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Journal of International Money and Finance (forthcoming)

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