Investor herd behaviour in Africa's emerging and frontier markets

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  • Godfred Aawaar Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi
  • Nicholas Addai Boamah
  • Joseph Oscar Akotey


Daily returns of 224 stocks traded on three distinctively classified markets (stand-alone, frontier, and emerging) within a developing continent context are used, employing the Chang, Chen and Khorana (2000) measure. We provide evidence of the presence of investor herding in Africa's emerging and frontier markets. Evidence of asymmetric herding activities during various market conditions is further provided. The paper also shows that the 2007-2009 global financial crisis did not intensify herding in African markets. The findings suggest that Africa's leading markets are still fairly inefficient, allowing for potential excess returns for investment strategies that seek to explore market anomalies.  Keywords: Behavioural finance, Investor behaviour, Herding, African markets, Asymmetric herding.JEL Classifications: G01, G10, G14, G15DOI:


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Author Biography

Godfred Aawaar, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi

LecturerDepartment of Accounting and Finance




How to Cite

Aawaar, G., Boamah, N. A., & Akotey, J. O. (2020). Investor herd behaviour in Africa’s emerging and frontier markets. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, 10(6), 194–205. Retrieved from