Measuring Contagion: Conceptual and Empirical Issues

  • Kristin Forbes
  • Roberto Rigobon


The 1990’s has been punctuated by a series of severe financial and currency crises: the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) attacks of 1992; the Mexican peso collapse of 1994; the East Asian crisis of 1997; the Russian collapse of 1998; and the Brazilian devaluation of 1999. One striking characteristic of several of these crises was how an initial country-specific shock was rapidly transmitted to markets of very different sizes and structures around the globe. This has prompted a surge of interest in “contagion”.


Stock Market Transmission Mechanism GARCH Model NBER Working Paper Empirical Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Forbes
    • 1
  • Roberto Rigobon
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBERUSA

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