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The impact of institutional volatility on financial volatility in transition economies

Christopher Hartwell ()

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2018, vol. 46, issue 2, 598-615

Abstract: What have been the determinants of financial volatility in the transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union? This paper posits that institutional changes, and in particular the volatility of crucial institutions such as property rights, have been the major causes of financial volatility in transition. Building a unique monthly database of 20 transition economies from 1991 to 2017, this paper applies the GARCH family of models to examine financial volatility as a function of institutional volatility. The results show that more advanced institutions help to dampen financial sector volatility, while institutional volatility feeds through directly to financial sector volatility in transition. Democratic changes in particular engender much higher levels of volatility, while property rights are sensitive to the metric used for their measurement.

Keywords: Institutions; Financial sector; Volatility; Property rights; Transition; GARCH (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G20 O43 P30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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