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Is the COVID-19 pandemic more contagious for the Asian stock markets? A comparison with the Asian financial, the US subprime and the Eurozone debt crisis

Monika Chopra and Chhavi Mehta

Journal of Asian Economics, 2022, vol. 79, issue C

Abstract: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has sent shock waves across the global stock markets. Several financial crises in the past too have had a global impact with their reach extending beyond the country of origin. The current study compares the contagion effect of four such crises viz. the Asian financial crisis, the US subprime crisis, the Eurozone debt crisis, and the currently ongoing Covid-19 crisis on Asian stock markets to understand which of these has had the most severe impact. It finds that among all the four crises, the US subprime crisis has been the most contagious for the Asian stock markets. The study also highlights the difference between severities of a liquidity crisis versus a real crisis and identifies the markets that remained insulated from all these crises, a finding which will be useful for portfolio managers in devising their asset allocation.

Keywords: Contagion; Financial crisis; Asian markets; COVID-19; US subprime crisis; DCCGARCH (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2022.101450

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