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The Effects of War Risk on U.S. Financial Markets

  • Rigobon, Roberto
  • Sack, Brian P.

This paper measures the effects of the risk of war on nine U.S. financial variables using a heteroskedasticity-based estimation technique. The results indicate that increases in the risk of war cause declines in Treasury yields and equity prices, a widening of lower-grade corporate spreads, a fall in the dollar, and a rise in oil prices. This "war risk factor" accounted for a considerable portion of the variance of these financial variables over the ten weeks leading up to the onset of war with Iraq.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management in its series Working papers with number 4417-03.

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Date of creation: 14 Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mit:sloanp:1848
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