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Equity Market Contagion during the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from the World’s Eight Largest Economies

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The global financial crisis (2007-2009) saw sharp declines in stock markets around the world, affecting both advanced and emerging markets. In this paper we test for the existence of equity market contagion originating from the US to advanced and emerging markets during the crisis period. Using a latent factor model, we provide strong evidence of contagion effects originating in US equity markets to equity markets in both the advanced and emerging economies. In the aggregate equity market indices contagion from the US explains a large portion of the variance in stock returns in both advanced and emerging markets. However, evidence from the financial sector indices finds less evidence of contagion than the total indices, and this is particularly the case for the developed markets. This suggests that contagion effects are not strongly related to high levels of global integration.

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  • Dungey, Mardi & Gajurel, Dinesh, 2013. "Equity Market Contagion during the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from the World’s Eight Largest Economies," Working Papers 17213, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, revised 16 Oct 2013.
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    Global financial crises; financial contagion; financial markets; advanced countries; emerging countries;
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    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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