Mean reversion, long memory and fractional integration in African stock market prices

Anoruo, Emmanuel and Gil-Alana, Luis A. (2010) Mean reversion, long memory and fractional integration in African stock market prices. Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics Working Paper Series, 2010 (02). pp. 1-22.

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Abstract

We examine the behavior of stock market prices in several African countries by means of fractionally integrated techniques. In doing so, we can test for mean reversion in these markets. Our results can be summarized as follows: we cannot find evidence of mean reversion in any single market, and evidence of long memory returns (i.e., orders of integration above 1 in the logged stock prices) is obtained in the cases of Egypt and Nigeria, and, in a lesser extent in Tunisia, Morocco and Kenya. Permitting the existence of a structural change, the break dates take place in the earlier 2000s in the majority of the cases, and evidence of mean reversion seems to take place in the periods before the breaks in most of the countries. If we focus on the absolute and squared returns, evidence of long memory is obtained in Nigeria and Egypt. Thus, for these two countries, a long memory model incorporating positive fractional degrees of integration in both the level and the volatility process should be considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics Working Paper Series; long memory; fractional integration; stock market returns
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 11:55
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 09:00
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/400

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