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Shift Contagion in Asset Markets

  • Toni Gravelle
  • Maral Kichian
  • James Morley

The authors develop a new methodology to investigate how crises cause the relationship between financial variables to change. Two possible sources of increased co-movement between markets during high-variance episodes are considered: larger common shocks operating through standard market linkages, and a structural change in the propagation of shocks between markets, called “shift contagion.” The methodology has three key features: (i) high- and low-variance episodes are model-determined, rather than exogenously assigned; (ii) the markets where crises originate need not be known; and (iii) the approach provides an unambiguous test of shift contagion. Applications to bivariate returns in currency markets of developed countries and bond markets of emerging-market countries suggest that shift contagion occurs among the former but not the latter.

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Paper provided by Bank of Canada in its series Working Papers with number 03-5.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:03-5
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