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Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments and Stock Prices: The Effect of Target Industry and Location

digital Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments and Stock Prices:
The Effect of Target Industry and Location
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journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2015 - 4
title Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments and Stock Prices: The Effect of Target Industry and Location
authors
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 04-05-2016
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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We investigate the determinants of sovereign wealth fund (SWF) investments’ stock prices. We focus on the location of the investment (domestic versus cross-border) and the target industry (strategic versus non-strategic). To control for endogeneity, we use two identification strategies: OLS estimation with SWF-specific fixed effects to control for fund quality/experience, and instrumental variables estimation. Our results show that cross-border investments have an average higher increase in stock price than domestic investments, while investments in strategic industries show an higher drop in stock price than investments in non-strategic industries. We also find that the higher is the politicization of the fund, and the higher is the stock price drop. Our results are robust to controls for bilateral political relations between the SWFs’ and target country, fund type (SWFs versus Sovereign Pension Reserve Funds), fund opacity, SWFs’ equity stake, use of investment vehicles, target country’s market capitalization/GDP ratio, and time effects.

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