The Political Economy of Volatility Dynamics in the Hong Kong Stock Market
Despite its obvious importance, little empirical research has examined the impact of political risk on stock market volatility. This paper uses data on the Hong Kong stock market over a long sample period to investigate whether political risk has induced regime shifts in stock market volatility. Regime shifts are modelled via a Markov switching EGARCH model that allows for regime-dependent volatility asymmetry. We find strong evidence of regime shifts in conditional volatility as well as significant volatility asymmetry in high volatility periods. Major political uncertainties were reflected in a switch to the high-volatility regime. However, contrary to popular perceptions, we find no evidence that the Hong Kong stock market has become persistently more volatile since the start of Sino-British political negotiations in 1982.
Finance and Financial Management | Portfolio and Security Analysis
Asia-Pacific Financial Markets
Fong, W. M. and Koh, Seng Kee, Benedict.
The Political Economy of Volatility Dynamics in the Hong Kong Stock Market. (2002). Asia-Pacific Financial Markets. 9, (3), 259-282. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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