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Banking crises and sovereign defaults in emerging markets: exploring the links

Irina Balteanu () and Aitor Erce ()

No 1414, Working Papers from Banco de España, Working Papers Homepage

Abstract: This paper provides a set of stylised facts on the mechanisms through which banking and sovereign distress feed into each other, using a large sample of emerging economies over three decades. We first define “twin crises” as events where banking crises and sovereign defaults combine, and further distinguish between those banking crises that end in sovereign debt crises, and vice-versa. We then assess what differentiates “single” episodes from “twin” ones. Using an event analysis methodology, we study the behaviour around crises of variables describing the balance sheet interconnection between the banking and public sectors, the characteristics of the banking sector, the state of public finances and the macroeconomic context. We find that there are systematic differences between “single” and “twin” crises across all these dimensions. Additionally, we find that “twin” crises are heterogeneous events: taking into account the proper time sequence of crises within “twin” episodes is important for understanding their drivers, transmission channels and economic consequences. Our results shed light on the mechanisms surrounding feedback loops of sovereign and banking stress

Keywords: banking crises; sovereign defaults; feedback loops; balance sheets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 F34 G01 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cba and nep-mac
Date: 2014-07
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