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Pandemic-related financial market volatility spillovers: Evidence from the Chinese COVID-19 epicentre

Shaen Corbet, Hou, Yang (Greg), Yang Hu, Les Oxley and Danyang Xu

International Review of Economics & Finance, 2021, vol. 71, issue C, 55-81

Abstract: Utilising Chinese-developed data based on long-standing influenza indices, and the more recently-developed coronavirus and face mask indices, we set out to test for the presence of volatility spillovers from Chinese financial markets upon a broad number of traditional financial assets during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such indices are used to specifically measure the performance of Chinese companies who are inherently involved in the R&D and production of materials and products used to mitigate and counteract the effects of influenza and coronavirus, therefore, such indices present a unique barometer of broad population-based sentiment relating to COVID-19 in comparison to traditional Chinese influenza. Within days of the formal announcement of the COVID-19 outbreak, results indicate exceptionally pronounced and persistent impacts of the coronavirus pandemic upon Chinese financial markets, compared to that of the traditional and long-standing influenza index. Further, in a novel finding to date, COVID-19 is found to have had a substantial effect on directional spillovers upon the Bitcoin market. Cryptocurrency-based confidence appears to have been instigated through government-developed education schemes, which are identified as one possible explanation for our results, which are found to remain robust across both data-frequency and methodological variation.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; China; Volatility spillovers; Bitcoin; Flight-to-Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2020.06.022

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