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Political Crises and Risk of Financial Contagion in Developing Countries: Evidence from Africa

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  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

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The recent waves of political crises in Africa and the Middle East have inspired the debate over how political instability could pose a risk of financial contagion to emerging countries. With retrospect to the Kenyan political crisis, our findings suggest stock markets in Lebanon, Mauritius were contaminated while Nigeria experienced a positive spillover. Our results have two major implications. Firstly, we have confirmed existing consensus that African financial markets are increasingly integrated. Secondly, we have also shown that international financial market transmissions not only occur during financial crisis; political crises effects should not be undermined.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 11/003.

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Length: 14
Date of creation: 04 Apr 2011
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Publication status: Published in the Journal of Economics and International Finance
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:11/003

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Keywords: Political crisis; Contagion; Developing countries; Equity Markets;

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  2. Asongu, Simplice, 2013. "Globalization and Financial Market Contagion: Evidence from Financial Crisis and Natural Disasters," MPRA Paper 56803, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Simplice A. ASONGU, 2012. "Globalization, Financial Crisis And Contagion: Time - Dynamic Evidence From Financial Markets Of Developing Countries," Journal of Advanced Studies in Finance, ASERS Publishing, vol. 0(2), pages 131-139, January.
  4. Simplice A., Asongu, 2011. "The 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis: evidence of contagion from international financial markets," MPRA Paper 39630, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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