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A variance spillover analysis without covariances: What do we miss?

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  • Fengler, Matthias R.
  • Gisler, Katja I.M.

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We evaluate the relevance of covariances in the transmission mechanism of variance spillovers across the US stock, US bond and gold markets from July 2003 to December 2012. For that purpose, we perform a comparative spillover analysis between a model that considers covariances and a model that considers only variances. Our results emphasise the importance of covariances. Including covariances leads to an overall increase of the spillover level and detects the beginnings of the financial crisis and of the US debt ceiling crisis earlier than the spillover measure that considers only variances. Even for the low-dimensional system that we consider, one misses important variance spillover channels when covariances are excluded.

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  • Fengler, Matthias R. & Gisler, Katja I.M., 2015. "A variance spillover analysis without covariances: What do we miss?," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 174-195.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:51:y:2015:i:c:p:174-195
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2014.11.006
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    Covariance spillovers; Lasso; Spillover index; Variance decomposition; Variance spillovers;
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    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics
    • 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
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