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Global financial crisis and rising connectedness in the international commodity markets

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  • Zhang, Dayong
  • Broadstock, David C.

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This paper documents a dramatic change in the nature of connectedness in global commodity prices following the 2008 global financial crisis. We show that co-dependence in price-changes among seven major commodity classes goes from a pre-crisis average of 14.82% to a strikingly larger average of 47.87% in the period following the crisis, and which has endured until now. Dynamic swings in price co-movements of such a scale present a clear concern for financial investors and are of immediate interest to a wider policy-maker audience. Of particular interest is the empirical behavior of the food commodity price index, whose contribution to the system dynamics rises from less than 20% in the period up to 2008, to more than 80% after. To dispel any concern that these finding may be method-specific, we demonstrate their invariance to modeling procedure by providing analogous-results using a pairwise Granger causality analysis, as well as different sub-sampling choices.

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  • Zhang, Dayong & Broadstock, David C., 2020. "Global financial crisis and rising connectedness in the international commodity markets," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 68(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:68:y:2020:i:c:s1057521918304587
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2018.08.003
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    Connectedness; Commodity; Financial crisis;
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    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices

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