Financial Integration of Stock Markets among New EU Member States and the Euro Area

Ian Babetskii, Luboš Komárek, Zlatuše Komárková

The paper considers the empirical dimension of financial integration among stock markets in four new European Union member states (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) in comparison with the euro area. The main objective is to test for the existence and determine the degree of the four states’ financial integration relative to the euro currency union. The analysis is performed at the country level (using national stock exchange indices) and at the sectoral level (considering banking, chemical, electricity and telecommunication indices). Our empirical evaluation consists of (1) an analysis of alignment (by means of standard and rolling correlation analysis) to outline the overall pattern of integration; (2) the application of the concept of beta convergence (through the use of time series, panel and state-space techniques) to identify the speed of integration; and (3) the application of so-called sigma convergence to measure the degree of integration. We find evidence of stock market integration on both the national and sectoral levels between the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the euro area.

Keywords: Beta convergence, new EU member states, sigma convergence, stock markets

Issued: December 2007

Published as: Babetskii, I., Komárek, L. and Komárková, Z. (2007): "Financial Integration of Stock Markets among New EU Member States and the Euro Area", Finance a úvěr – Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 57(7-8), pp. 341-362.

Download: CNB WP No. 7/2007 (pdf, 528 kB)