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Do the changes in macroeconomic variables have a symmetric or asymmetric effect on stock prices? Evidence from Pakistan

Bisharat Hussain Chang (Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Suresh Kumar Oad Rajput (Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)

South Asian Journal of Business Studies

ISSN: 2398-628X

Article publication date: 12 October 2018

Issue publication date: 1 November 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether macroeconomic variables have a symmetric or asymmetric effect on stock prices (SP) of Karachi Stock Exchange 100 index in the context of Pakistan. It also examines whether the asymmetric impact of macroeconomic variables on SP has been affected by tail events such as the global financial crisis.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses linear and nonlinear autoregressive distributed lag models for the full sample period as well as in pre- and post-crisis periods. The whole sample period covers the data from June 2004 to June 2016 which include 145 observations in total. The pre-crisis period covers data from June 2004 to December 2007 and the post-crisis period covers the data from January 2009 to June 2016 where these periods include 43 and 90 observations, respectively.

Findings

The findings suggest that the relationship between macroeconomic variables and SP is asymmetric in the short run whereas this effect is symmetric in the long run when the whole sample period is selected. However, when pre- and post-crisis periods are selected this effect becomes asymmetric in the long run as well; that is, positive and negative shocks in macroeconomic variables do not affect the SP in the same way.

Practical implications

Investors, governments and other stakeholders are advised to consider the asymmetric behavior of macroeconomic variables and SP while making an investment or other decisions. They may consider the financial crisis as well since the asymmetric behavior of the underlying variables change as a result of the financial crisis.

Originality/value

This study extends previous studies by examining the asymmetric effect of macroeconomic variables and also contributes to the existing literature by discussing how this relationship changes as a result of the financial crisis.

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Citation

Chang, B.H. and Rajput, S.K.O. (2018), "Do the changes in macroeconomic variables have a symmetric or asymmetric effect on stock prices? Evidence from Pakistan", South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 312-331. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAJBS-07-2018-0077

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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