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Measuring European Financial Integration

Lieven Baele, Annalisa Ferrando, Peter Hördahl, Elizaveta Krylova and Cyril Monnet

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 20, issue 4, pages 509-530
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI:
Measuring European Financial Integration

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In this paper, we present a set of specific measures to quantify the state and evolution of financial integration in the euro area. Five key markets are considered, namely the money, corporate-bond, government-bond, credit, and equity markets. Building upon the law of one price, we have developed two types of indicators that can be broadly categorized as price-based and news-based measures. We have complemented these measures by a number of quantity-based indicators, mainly related to the evolution of the home bias. Results indicate that the unsecured money market is fully integrated, while integration is reasonably high in the government- and corporate-bond markets, as well as in the equity markets. The credit market is among the least integrated, especially in the short-term segment.

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