Archive for the ‘Int. Financial Integration’ Category

International Risk Sharing and the Irish Economy

This paper was written during my IRCHSS postdoctoral fellowship.

Abstract: This paper studies international risk sharing in Ireland focusing on the 1970-2007 period. To this end, we assess how consumption and national income have been affected by idiosyncratic output shocks. The study of the former shows that private consumption was partially insulated from output shocks and that risk sharing was invariant over time. The analysis of national income provides further evidence for international risk sharing. Here, we find that national income fluctuations were not fully affected by output shocks and that income risk sharing improved as Ireland became more integrated with the international financial system.

The current version of this paper can be downloaded from here.

The Anatomy of Large Valuation Episodes

Abstract: We examine cases in which there is a large shift in a country’s net foreign asset position due to the re-valuation of its foreign assets and/or foreign liabilities. We highlight the differences in large valuation shocks between countries characterized by large gross stocks of foreign assets and foreign liabilities and countries exhibiting large net external positions. Finally, we analyze macroeconomic dynamics in the neighborhood of large valuation episodes.

Paper published in Review of World Economics 145(3): 489-511, October 2009. It can be downloaded from here.

Indicators of Regional Financial Integration

This is a joint work with Sébastien Wälti.

Abstract: International financial integration has increased significantly over the last decades, both at the regional level and at the global level. A greater degree of financial integration carries important implications for academic researchers, central bankers, financial regulators and international investors. For example, financial institutions monitor closely the degree of international comovement among bond and equity markets since this comovement determines the size of the benefits from international portfolio diversification. Financial regulators seek to understand the sources of shocks for domestic financial institutions, while central banks assess the impact of greater financial integration on the transmission of monetary policy. As a result, there is a significant demand for indicators of financial integration that are relatively easy to construct and interpret, based on publicly available data, and available for many countries and regions over time. This chapter reviews some of these indicators, describes the underlying datasets, and presents some illustrative evidence.

This paper is published in the handbook “The Regional Integration Manual Quantitative and Qualitative Methods”. The first draft of the paper can be downloaded from here. The full book can be bought here.