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Global imbalances, cross-market linkages, and the financial crisis: A multivariate Markov-switching analysis

Julien Chevallier

Economic Modelling, 2012, vol. 29, issue 3, 943-973

Abstract: Based on multivariate Markov-switching models, this paper presents new results on the interactions between global imbalances, credit spreads, housing markets, macroeconomic variables, commodities and equities during Q1-1987/Q1-2011. We show that rising global imbalances and the uncontrolled development of the US mortgage and housing markets have been deeply destabilizing the economy, with various shocks impacting subsequently equity markets and macroeconomic variables. But we also uncover, surprisingly, that the cross-market linkages with the commodity markets are strong. Finally, we identify that the US housing market lies at the epicenter of the crisis through its multiple and highly significant interactions with the other variables in the system (including the global imbalances). Sub-samples and alternative time series estimates are provided to check the statistical congruency of the various models.

Keywords: Global imbalances; Cross-market linkages; Financial crisis; Multivariate Markov-switching model; Credit spread; Housing market; Macroeconomy; Commodities; Equities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 E44 F44 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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