Transmission of the Global Financial Crisis to the East Asian Equity Markets

Tran Phuong Thao, Kevin Daly, Craig Ellis


This paper investigates the transmission mechanism of the Global Financial Crisis originated in the United States to the East Asian equity markets, including the developed markets (Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore), emerging markets (Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan) and frontier market (Vietnam). To test for the transmission, we employ the constant conditional correlation (CCC) and the dynamic conditional correlation (DCC) based on the MGARCH model to estimate the time-varying correlations between the United States and East Asian equity markets. Our empirical findings suggest that the Global Financial Crisis transmitted to these markets vary over time, particularly to Hong Kong and Singapore during the pre-crisis period, and to Japan and Vietnam during the crisis period. In addition, the results show that almost all the East Asian markets reveal higher correlations to other markets in the region than the United States even during the crisis period. Finally, the crisis is attributed to enhancing the correlations between the frontier market towards regional and global markets.

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International Journal of Economics and Finance  ISSN  1916-971X (Print) ISSN  1916-9728 (Online)

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