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Crisis Risk and Risk Management

René M. Stulz

No 31252, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper assesses the current state of knowledge about crisis risk and its implications for risk management. Better data that became available since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has improved our understanding of crisis risk. These data have been used to show that some types of crises become predictable when one accounts for interactions between risks. Specifically, a financial crisis is much more likely in the years following both high credit growth and high asset valuations. However, some other types of crises do not seem predictable. There is no evidence that the frequency of economic and financial crises is increasing. The existing data show that political crises make economic crises more likely, so that, as suggested by the concept of polycrisis, feedback between non-economic crises and economic crises can be important, but there is no comparable evidence for climate events. Strategies that increase firm operational and financial flexibility appear successful at reducing the adverse impact of crises on firms.

JEL-codes: G01 G21 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-05
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Published as René M. Stulz, 2023. "Crisis risk and risk management," European Financial Management, vol 29(5), pages 1377-1400.

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