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Decomposing financial (in)stability in emerging economies

Etienne Lepers and Antonio Sánchez Serrano

Research in International Business and Finance, 2020, vol. 51, issue C

Abstract: The analysis of the build-up of risks in emerging economies have traditionally been scarce and focused mostly on external risks, despite the recent substantial development of their financial system. This paper builds an index of financial vulnerabilities tailored to emerging economies, grouping 32 indicators around four poles: valuation and risk appetite, imbalances in the non-financial sector, financial sector vulnerabilities, and global vulnerabilities. It adopts a model-free approach, purposely departing from early warning models or complex econometric constructs, and rely on data made already available by international organisations. Our index of financial vulnerabilities enables a granular mapping of where risk originates and how it spreads to other parts of the financial system. Using various data visualisation tools and benefitting from the flexibility of our index’s methodology, we are able build a narrative of the evolution of financial stability in emerging economies from 2005 to 2015. Finally, we also discuss the relation between our index and both the business cycle (proxied by GDP) and the credit cycle (proxied by the credit-to-GDP gap).

Keywords: Emerging economy; index; Financial crises; Risk monitoring; Credit gap (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 F65 G01 G15 G21 G23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2019.101068

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