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Using a comprehensive database covering 50 industry groups and 34 countries over the period 1992 to 2001 this paper examines the roles of the country and industry effects in international equity returns. It focuses on their evolution and on geographical differences. Although the country effects still dominate the industry effects in the full sample period, there has been a major upward shift in the industry effects since 1999, especially in Europe and North America. This is not confined to the Technology, Telecommunications and Media sectors and is not thus a temporary phenomenon. These developments have implications for international portfolio diversification.
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