What Drives Financial Crises in Emerging Markets?
30 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2007
Date Written: April 25, 2003
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.
Keywords: currency crises, banking crises, emerging markets, liberalisation, probit model
JEL Classification: F31, F32, F41, F47
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