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Financial stress dynamics in the MENA region: Evidence from the Arab Spring

Ahmed H. Elsayed and Larisa Yarovaya

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 2019, vol. 62, issue C, 20-34

Abstract: In this paper we analyse the impact of instability caused by the Arab Spring on the co-movements and volatility spillovers of aggregated Financial Stress Indices for eight MENA countries. Using a dynamic frequency connectedness framework, we conclude that stress transmission between markets is higher at low frequencies than at high frequencies, which implies that MENA markets are slow in adjusting to the information they receive. The Global Financial Crisis generated stronger spillover effects between MENA markets than the political turmoil of the Arab Spring. These results are useful for investors with different investment horizons, and have policy implications for the maintenance of financial stability in this region.

Keywords: Financial stress indexes; Dynamic frequency connectedness; Spillover effect; MENA economies; Impact of Arab Spring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G1 F3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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