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Event Study Methodology: An Overview and Special Considerations for African Markets

Advancing Research Methodology in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs

ISBN: 978-1-78441-490-0, eISBN: 978-1-78441-489-4

ISSN: 1479-8387

Publication date: 26 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

To explain for doctoral students and new faculty, the appropriate techniques for using event study methods while identifying problems that make the method difficult for use in the context of African markets.

Methodology/approach

We review the finance and strategy literature on event studies, provide an illustrative example of the technique, summarize the prior use of the method in research using African samples, and indicate remedies for problems encountered when using the technique in African markets.

Findings

We find limited use of the technique in African markets due to limited data availability which is attributable to problems of infrequent trading, thin markets, and inadequate access to free data.

Research limitations

Our review of the literature on event studies using African data is limited to English-language journals and sources accessible through our library research databases.

Practical implications

More often, researchers will need to use nonparametric techniques to evaluate market responses for companies in or events affecting the African markets.

Originality/value of the chapter

We make a contribution with this chapter by giving a more detailed description of event study methods and by identifying solutions to problems in using the technique in African markets.

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Citation

Ellis, K.M. and Keys, P.Y. (2014), "Event Study Methodology: An Overview and Special Considerations for African Markets", Advancing Research Methodology in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 69-97. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-838720140000010005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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