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Contagion in the Euro Area Sovereign Bond Market

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  • Umberto Muratori

    () (Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Avenue, Washington, DC 20577, USA)

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In the last half-decade the European Monetary Union (EMU) has experienced a growing financial instability culminating with an extended sovereign debt crisis that has hit mostly the peripheral countries. Besides weak macroeconomic fundamentals, contagion phenomena in the government bond market damaged the countries more exposed to the financial stress. In this paper, the author investigates the issue of contagion applying to the financial field an innovative econometric technique, i.e., panel spatial regression. The paper documents: (i) the presence of contagion, in particular among peripheral countries; (ii) the changes in the magnitude of contagion in the different phases of the debt crisis; and (iii) the relevance of policy interventions in reducing the contagion effect in the EMU.

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  • Umberto Muratori, 2014. "Contagion in the Euro Area Sovereign Bond Market," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(1), pages 1-17, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:4:y:2014:i:1:p:66-82:d:44095
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    sovereign debt crisis; contagion effect; panel spatial regression;

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    • A - General Economics and Teaching
    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • N - Economic History
    • P - Economic Systems
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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