Challenges in Identifying and Measuring Systemic Risk
NBER Working Paper No. 18505
Sparked by the recent "great recession" and the role of financial markets, considerable interest exists among researchers within both the academic community and the public sector in modeling and measuring systemic risk. In this essay I draw on experiences with other measurement agendas to place in perspective the challenge of quantifying systemic risk, or more generally, of providing empirical constructs that can enhance our understanding of linkages between financial markets and the macroeconomy.
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This paper was revised on December 18, 2012
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18505
Forthcoming: Challenges in Identifying and Measuring Systemic Risk, Lars Peter Hansen. in Risk Topography: Systemic Risk and Macro Modeling, Brunnermeier and Krishnamurthy. 2014
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