Publication Date: 2006
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Interest in the Latin American emerging markets (LAEM) has increased considerably in recent years. It is often claimed that they have to pay a price for being too different from developed markets, i.e. for having weak institutions, failed macroeconomic programs, political instability. The book explores three sets of questions: " What are the investment laws in the LAEM and how do they compare to those of developed countries? " How heterogeneous are the implicit trading costs in the LAEM and which factors are responsible for the heterogeneity? " How does the predictability of stock returns in the LAEM differ from those documented for developed markets?