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Banks, Financial Markets and International Consumption Risk Sharing

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  • Markus Leibrecht
  • Johann Scharler

In this paper we empirically explore how characteristics of the domestic financial system in uence the international allocation of consumption risk using a sample of OECD countries. Our results show that the extent of risk sharing achieved does not depend on the overall development of the domestic financial system per se. Rather, it depends on how the financial system is organized. Speciffcally, we find that coun- tries characterized by developed financial markets are less exposed to idiosyncratic risk, whereas the development of the banking sector contributes little to the inter- national diversification of consumption risk.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in its series Economics working papers with number 2010-15.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
Handle: RePEc:jku:econwp:2010_15
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