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Global Financial Cycles and Risk Premiums

Òscar Jordà, Moritz Schularick, Alan M. Taylor, Felix Ward

NBER Working Paper No. 24677
Issued in June 2018
NBER Program(s):Asset Pricing, Development of the American Economy, International Finance and Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics

This paper studies the synchronization of financial cycles across 17 advanced economies over the past 150 years. The comovement in credit, house prices, and equity prices has reached historical highs in the past three decades. The sharp increase in the comovement of global equity markets is particularly notable. We demonstrate that fluctuations in risk premiums, and not risk-free rates and dividends, account for a large part of the observed equity price synchronization after 1990. We also show that U.S. monetary policy has come to play an important role as a source of fluctuations in risk appetite across global equity markets. These fluctuations are transmitted across both fixed and floating exchange rate regimes, but the effects are more muted in floating rate regimes.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24677

 
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