Analyzing Credit Risk Transmission to the Non-Financial Sector in Europe: A Network Approach
61 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018 Last revised: 5 Apr 2019
Date Written: March 29, 2019
We use a factor model and elastic net shrinkage to model a high-dimensional network of European CDS spreads. Our empirical approach allows us to assess the joint transmission of bank and sovereign risk to the non-financial corporate sector. Our findings identify a sectoral clustering in the CDS network, where financial institutions are in the center and non-financial entities as well as sovereigns are grouped around the financial center. The network has a geographical component reflected in different patterns of real-sector risk transmission across countries. Our framework also provides dynamic estimates of risk transmission, a useful tool for systemic risk monitoring.
Keywords: networks, financial-real linkages, connectedness, systemic risk, credit risk, contagion
JEL Classification: C01, C32, G01, G15
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