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Market Efficiency of Commodity Futures in India

Discussion Papers

No.370

by INOUE Takeshi and HAMORI Shigeyuki
October 2012

ABSTRACT

This paper aims to examine the market efficiency of the commodity futures market in India, which has been growing phenomenally for the last few years. We estimate the long-run equilibrium relationship between the multi-commodity futures and spot prices and then test for market efficiency in a weak form sense by applying both the DOLS and the FMOLS methods. The entire sample period is from 2 January 2006 to 31 March 2011. The results indicate that a cointegrating relationship is found between these indices and that the commodity futures market seems to be efficient only during the more recent sub-sample period since July 2009.


Keywords: Commodity futures, efficiency, India
JEL classification: G13, G14

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