DP14395 Did Globalization Kill Contagion?

Author(s): Olivier Accominotti, Marie Brière, Aurore Burietz, Kim Oosterlinck, Ariane Szafarz
Publication Date: February 2020
Date Revised: February 2020
Keyword(s): contagion, economic integration, Financial history, Globalization, market interdependence, Stock market
JEL(s): E44, F36, F65, G15, N20
Programme Areas: Economic History
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Does financial globalization lead to contagion? We scrutinize linkages between international stock markets in a long historical perspective (1880-2014). Our results highlight that without globalization, contagion cannot exist. However, if cross-market correlations are very high, globalization kills contagion. We show that financial contagion was absent from stock markets in both the period of deglobalization of 1918-1971 and the era of "extreme" globalization of 1972-2014 but was present in the period of "moderate" globalization of 1880-1914. Our results suggest that contagion could become a significant problem if financial markets return to a more moderate level of globalization.