Political risk and the cost of capital in the MENA region

Mohamed Belkhir, Narjess Boubakri, Jocelyn Grira

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We examine the impact of political risk in the MENA region on the cost at which firms can raise capital. Using the implied cost of equity as a measure of the cost of capital and ICRG's political risk rating as a proxy for political risk, we find that political risk results in a higher cost of capital. Economically, our results suggest that a one standard deviation increase in the political risk index is associated with a 450 basis points increase in the cost of equity capital of MENA firms. Our results are consistent across a battery of robustness checks. Our findings have important policy implications that are relevant to the MENA region and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-172
Number of pages18
JournalEmerging Markets Review
Publication statusPublished - Dec. 2017


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