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Butterfly effect: The US real estate market downturn and the Asian recession

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  • Xue, Yi
  • He, Yin
  • Shao, Xinjian

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We construct a comprehensive measure for the evolution of the US financial crisis by extracting the common components in the real estate market (S&P Case-Shiller composite-10 housing price index), the equity market (S&P 500 index), and the money market (M2 money multiplier). We then investigate the effects of this crisis on six Asian economies. Using the quarterly data from Q1 1991 to Q1 2010, we find that, surprisingly, the Asian equity markets are not contagious by the crisis; rather, trade contagion is the dominant transmission channel for the crisis to be transmitted to Asia. Finally, our empirical investigations suggest that monetary policy, rather fiscal policy, is a better choice for assisting Asian economies during this crisis.

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  • Xue, Yi & He, Yin & Shao, Xinjian, 2012. "Butterfly effect: The US real estate market downturn and the Asian recession," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 9(2), pages 92-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:9:y:2012:i:2:p:92-102 DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2012.02.003
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    1. Dewandaru, Ginanjar & Masih, Rumi & Masih, A. Mansur M., 2015. "Why is no financial crisis a dress rehearsal for the next? Exploring contagious heterogeneities across major Asian stock markets," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, pages 241-259.
    2. Dewandaru, Ginanjar & Masih, Rumi & Masih, A. Mansur M., 2016. "Contagion and interdependence across Asia-Pacific equity markets: An analysis based on multi-horizon discrete and continuous wavelet transformations," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, pages 363-377.
    3. Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff, 2009. "Is the 2007 U.S. Sub-Prime Financial Crisis So Different? An International Historical Comparison," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, pages 291-299.
    4. Kiohos, Apostolos & Babalos, Vassilios & Koulakiotis, Athanasios, 2017. "Wealth effect revisited: Novel evidence on long term co-memories between real estate and stock markets," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, pages 217-222.

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    Keywords

    Sub-prime crisis; Economic effects; Common component analysis; Transmission mechanism;

    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General

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