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An Investigation of the Flight-to-Quality Effect: Evidence from Asia-Pacific Countries

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  • Chiu-Lan Chang
  • Paul L. Hsueh

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Flight to quality has long been a feature of international financial markets when there are extreme variations in the negative relationship between returns on stocks and sovereign bond indices. This study analyzes the existence of a flight-to-quality effect from stocks to long-term government bonds in five Asia-Pacific countries by modeling a dependency structure from a copula-based perspective. The authors employ various copula functions to examine the degrees of dependence on symmetric and asymmetric structures in these countries. They find a negative relationship between stock and bond returns, that there is a flight to quality in the Asia-Pacific region, and that it intensified during the financial crisis period, indicating that investors considered government bonds to be safer financial instruments than stocks during this period. Furthermore, the authors show that the level of economic freedom in a country affects the tendency toward flight to quality.

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  • Chiu-Lan Chang & Paul L. Hsueh, 2013. "An Investigation of the Flight-to-Quality Effect: Evidence from Asia-Pacific Countries," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(S4), pages 53-69, September.
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