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On the structure of financial contagion: Econometric tests and Mercosur evidence

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  • Ariel M. Viale

    (Florida Atlantic University)

  • David A. Bessler

    (Texas A & M University)

  • James W. Kolari

    (Texas A & M University)

Abstract

We introduce a flexible copula-based semi-parametric test of financial contagion that is capable of capturing structural shifts in the transmission channel of shocks across a network of financial markets beyond the increase in the intensity of time-varying dependence. We illustrate the capabilities of the proposed test using returns of stock, money, sovereign debt, and foreign exchange markets of seven Latin-American countries, and test for the presence of pure contagion effects for each major financial crisis that affected the Mercosur region between 1994 and 2001. Besides strong evidence in favor of time-varying market interdependence, we cannot rule out the presence of pure contagion effects in the stock market transmission channel associated with the Mexican, Asian, and Russian financial crises.

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  • Ariel M. Viale & David A. Bessler & James W. Kolari, 2014. "On the structure of financial contagion: Econometric tests and Mercosur evidence," Journal of Applied Economics, Universidad del CEMA, vol. 17, pages 373-400, November.
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    Keywords

    financial contagion; copulae; directed acyclic graphs; Bayesian belief networks;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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