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Risk sharing and portfolio allocation in EMU

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  • Yuliya Demyanyk
  • Charlotte Ostergaard
  • Bent E. Sorensen

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This paper investigates whether risk sharing, measured as income and consumption smoothing, among countries in the EU and the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has increased since the adoption of the euro. We ask: Have the recent increase in foreign equity and debt holdings been associated with more risk sharing? Do certain classes of assets (debt, equity, foreign direct investment) provide relatively more or less risk sharing? Do liabilities provide risk sharing differently from assets? Do investments in EMU countries provide more or less risk sharing per euro invested compared to investments in non-EMU countries? Has increased banking integration improved risk sharing? Due to the short span of years since the introduction of the euro, our results are tentative, but they indicate that the monetary union has facilitated risk sharing, although the level of risk sharing is still much below the level found among U.S. states.

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Paper provided by Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission in its series European Economy - Economic Papers with number 334.

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Length: 64 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:euf:ecopap:0334

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Keywords: Financial integration; Risk sharing; EU; EMU; Portfolio diversification; Banking market integration; Panel data analysis; Demyanyk; Ostergaard; S�rensen;

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  8. Agustin Benetrix, 2010. "International Risk Sharing and the Irish Economy," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp343, IIIS.

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