Measuring Crisis Risk Using Conditional Copulas: An Empirical Analysis of the 2008 Shipping Crisis
55 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2014 Last revised: 20 Sep 2017
Date Written: November 16, 2016
The shipping crisis starting in 2008 was characterized by sharply decreasing freight rates and sharply increasing financing costs. We analyze the dependence structure of these two risk factors employing a conditional copula model. As conditioning factors we use the supply and demand of seaborne transportation. We find that crisis risk strongly increased already about one year before the actual crisis outburst and that the shipping crisis was predominantly driven by an oversupply of transport capacity. Therefore, market participants could have prevented or alleviated the crisis' consequences by reducing the ordering and financing of new vessels.
Keywords: conditional copula, tail dependence, ship finance
JEL Classification: G32, C58, L92
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