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Relative Risk Aversion And The Transmission Of Financial Crises

  • Melisso Boschi

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  • Aditya Goenka

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We study how investor behaviour affects the transmission of ?financial crises. If investors exhibit decreasing relative risk aversion, then negative wealth shocks increase the risk premium required to hold risky assets. We integrate this into a second generation model of currency crises which allows for a competitiveness e¤ect and for contagion through changes in fundamentals. The investor behaviour can lead to the transmission of ?financial crises even in the absence of the competitiveness effect, and makes multiple equilibria more likely. The possible stabilization effects of capi- tal controls and a Tobin tax on the international transmission of ?financial crises are also studied.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2007-28.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2007-28
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