The Effects of a 'Black Swan' Event (COVID-19) on Herding Behavior in Cryptocurrency Markets: Evidence from Cryptocurrency USD, EUR, JPY and KRW Markets

57 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2020

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Larisa Yarovaya

University of Southampton - Southampton Business School

Roman Matkovskyy

Rennes School of Business

Akanksha Jalan

ESC Rennes School of Business

Date Written: April 27, 2020

Abstract

This paper analyses herding in cryptocurrency markets in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We employ a combination of quantitative methods to hourly prices of the four most traded cryptocurrency markets - USD, EUR, JPY and KRW - for the period from 1st January 2019 to 13th March 2020. While there are several strong theoretical reasons to observe the “black swan” effect on cryptocurrency herding, our results suggest that COVID-19 does not amplify herding in cryptocurrency markets. In all markets studied, herding remains contingent on up or down markets days, but does not get stronger during the COVID-19. These results are important for cryptocurrency investors and regulators to enhance their understanding of cryptocurrency markets and the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19, black swan effect, herding, cryptocurrency, Bitcoin

JEL Classification: G01, G02, G15

Suggested Citation

Yarovaya, Larisa and Matkovskyy, Roman and Jalan, Akanksha, The Effects of a 'Black Swan' Event (COVID-19) on Herding Behavior in Cryptocurrency Markets: Evidence from Cryptocurrency USD, EUR, JPY and KRW Markets (April 27, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3586511 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3586511

Larisa Yarovaya (Contact Author)

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Roman Matkovskyy

Rennes School of Business ( email )

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Akanksha Jalan

ESC Rennes School of Business ( email )

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Rennes, 35000
France

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