Global Crises and Equity Market Contagion

55 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2012

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Geert Bekaert

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

Michael Ehrmann

European Central Bank (ECB); Bank of Canada

Marcel Fratzscher

DIW Berlin; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Arnaud Mehl

European Central Bank (ECB)

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Date Written: February 15, 2012

Abstract

Using the 2007-09 financial crisis as a laboratory, we analyze the transmission of crises to country-industry equity portfolios in 55 countries. We use a factor model to predict crisis returns, defining unexplained increases in factor loadings as indicative of contagion. We find systematic evidence of contagion from US markets and from the global financial sector, but the effects are very small. By contrast, there has been substantial contagion from domestic equity markets to individual domestic equity portfolios, with its severity inversely related to the quality of countries’ economic fundamentals and policies. Consequently, we reject the globalization hypothesis that links the transmission of the crisis to the extent of global exposure. Instead, we confirm the old “wake-up call” hypothesis, with markets and investors focusing substantially more on idiosyncratic, country-specific characteristics during the crisis.

Keywords: contagion, financial crisis, equity markets, global transmission, market integration, country risk, factor model, financial policies, FX reserves, current account

JEL Classification: F3, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

Bekaert, Geert and Ehrmann, Michael and Fratzscher, Marcel and Mehl, Arnaud, Global Crises and Equity Market Contagion (February 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2023372 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2023372

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