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Financial globalization, financial crises and contagion

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  • Mendoza, Enrique G.
  • Quadrini, Vincenzo

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Two observations suggest that financial globalization played an important role in the recent financial crisis. First, more than half of the rise in net borrowing of the U.S. non-financial sectors since the mid-1980s has been financed by foreign lending. Second, the collapse of the U.S. housing and mortgage-backed-securities markets had worldwide effects on financial institutions and asset markets. Using an open-economy model where financial intermediaries play a central role, we show that financial integration leads to a sharp rise in net credit in the most financially developed country and to large asset price spillovers of country-specific shocks to bank capital. The impacts of these shocks on asset prices are amplified by bank capital requirements based on mark-to-market.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): 57 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 24-39

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Handle: RePEc:eee:moneco:v:57:y:2010:i:1:p:24-39

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Keywords: Financial globalization Financial crises Contagion Financial development U.S. crisis;

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