Bad Bad Contagion
45 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 6, 2019
This paper proposes a new measure of contagion as the coincidence of large left-tail events in the idiosyncratic disturbances of international stock returns after controlling for their exposure to a global factor. Episodes of bad contagion, especially those involving a large number of countries, are followed by a significant drop in international stock returns. This predictability pattern can be understood as an international transmission effect, as bad contagion only affects countries that did not experience tail events. In addition, the negative effect of bad contagion spills over to real growth, sovereign default risk, and financial stability indicators.
Keywords: International stock markets, interconnectedness, integration, transmission, spillovers
JEL Classification: G15, F36, F65
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