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A dynamic conditional correlation analysis of European stock markets from the perspective of the Greek sovereign debt crisis


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  • Go Tamakoshi

    (Kobe University)

  • Yuki Toyoshima

    (Kobe University)

  • Shigeyuki Hamori

    (Kobe University)


By using the asymmetric dynamic conditional correlation model developed by Cappiello et al. (2006), we examine how the time-varying correlations between Greece and other six European countries (Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Italy, and Spain) evolved from January 2007 to March 2011. The main contribution of the study is investigating whether the financial turmoil that originated from one nation's government debt market can exert contagion effects on equity markets in other countries of the region. We show that the dynamic correlations exhibited swings over time with several peaks, particularly in September 2008 and May 2010 and, interestingly, that the correlations indicated significant declines (rather than increases) during the sovereign debt crisis. The results imply that diversification opportunities between Greece and the other six European nations may have been created since the debt crisis intensified.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 437-448

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00485

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Keywords: dynamic conditional correlation; European stock markets; Greek sovereign debt crisis;

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  1. Irfan Akbar Kazi & Suzanne Salloy, 2013. "Contagion effect due to Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and the global financial crisis - From the perspective of the Credit Default Swaps’ G14 dealers," EconomiX Working Papers 2013-6, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
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  3. Irfan Akbar Kazi & Hakimzadi Wagan, 2014. "Are emerging markets exposed to contagion from U.S.: Evidence from stock and sovereign bond markets," Working Papers, Department of Research, Ipag Business School 2014-058, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  4. Irfan Akbar Kazi & Suzanne Salloy, 2014. "Dynamics in the correlations of the Credit Default Swaps’ G14 dealers: Are there any contagion effects due to Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and the global financial crisis?," Working Papers, Department of Research, Ipag Business School 2014-237, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  5. Irfan Akbar Kazi & Mohamed Mehanaoui & Farhan Akbar, 2014. "The shift-contagion effect of global financial crisis and the European debt crisis on OECD Countries," Working Papers, Department of Research, Ipag Business School 2014-128, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.


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