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The Uncertainty Channel of Contagion

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  • Fritzi Koehler-Geib
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    This paper analyzes the impact of uncertainty on the spread of stock market crises, both theoretically and empirically. The effect of uncertainty about the fundamentals on investment decisions is an important cause of financial crises propagating across countries. Firstly, a coordination game on investment illustrates the increasing effect of a surprise crisis in one country on the probability of a crisis in a second country through higher uncertainty there. An anticipated initial crisis generates the opposite effect. Secondly, these theoretical predictions are tested empirically. Fixed effects panel estimations validate the impact of the initial crisis on uncertainty in potentially-affected countries. Subsequently, probit estimations confirm the positive impact of uncertainty on the crisis probability in the affected economy. The results are robust across various specifications.

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    Paper provided by Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE) in its series Working Papers with number 034.

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    Length: 44 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2007
    Handle: RePEc:bav:wpaper:034_koehler
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