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Contagion in Eurozone Sovereign Bond Markets? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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  • Thomas Flavin

    (Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, Maynooth University.)

  • David Cronin

    (Central Bank of Ireland, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland)

  • Lisa Sheenan

    (Central Bank of Ireland, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland)

Abstract

We analyse the stability of linkages across Eurozone bond markets during the sovereign debt crisis. We distinguish between contagion and interdependencies as mechanisms for spreading the turmoil across bond markets. Using a three-regime Markov switching VAR, we identify two distinct phases of the crisis - the bad and the ugly - and find differences in shock transmission between them. Overall, evidence of contagion is scant and interdependence is the more common determinant of market comovements.

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  • Thomas Flavin & David Cronin & Lisa Sheenan, 2016. "Contagion in Eurozone Sovereign Bond Markets? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Economics Department Working Paper Series n267-16.pdf, Department of Economics, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    Eurozone Sovereign Debt Crisis; Contagion; Markov-switching VAR.;
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    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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