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Butterfly effect: The US real estate market downturn and the Asian recession

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  • Xue, Yi
  • He, Yin
  • Shao, Xinjian
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    We construct a comprehensive measure for the evolution of the US financial crisis by extracting the common components in the real estate market (S&P Case-Shiller composite-10 housing price index), the equity market (S&P 500 index), and the money market (M2 money multiplier). We then investigate the effects of this crisis on six Asian economies. Using the quarterly data from Q1 1991 to Q1 2010, we find that, surprisingly, the Asian equity markets are not contagious by the crisis; rather, trade contagion is the dominant transmission channel for the crisis to be transmitted to Asia. Finally, our empirical investigations suggest that monetary policy, rather fiscal policy, is a better choice for assisting Asian economies during this crisis.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Finance Research Letters.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 92-102

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:9:y:2012:i:2:p:92-102

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    Keywords: Sub-prime crisis; Economic effects; Common component analysis; Transmission mechanism;

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    1. Reinhart, Carmen M. & Rogoff, Kenneth S., 2008. "Is the 2007 US Sub-Prime Financial Crisis So Different? An International Historical Comparison," Scholarly Articles 11129156, Harvard University Department of Economics.

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