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What drives financial crises in emerging markets?

  • Tuomas Komulainen

    (Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition BOFIT)

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    (University of Helsinki)

  • Johanna Lukkarila

    (University of Helsinki)

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    The study examines the reasons for financial crises in 31 emerging market countries during 1980-2001. It estimates a probit model using 23 macroeconomic and financial sector variables. Traditional variables such as unemployment and inflation, as well as several indicators of indebtedness such as private sector liabilities and the foreign liabilities of banks explain currency crises rather well, and it appears currency crises occur in tandem with banking crises. Indeed, in emerging market countries vulnerability to crisis is exacerbated by situations involving large liabilities that permit sudden capital outflows. Increases in indebtedness followed the liberalisation of capital flows and domestic financial sectors.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: 28 Apr 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0304010
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