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Financial stress relationships among Euro area countries: an R-vine copula approach

Zhang, Dalu; Yan, Meilan; Tsopanakis, Andreas


Dalu Zhang

Meilan Yan

Andreas Tsopanakis


One of the biggest challenges of keeping Euro area financial stability is the negative co-movement between the vulnerability of public finance, the financial sector, security markets stresses as well as economic growth, especially in peripheral economies. This paper utilises a ARMA-GARCH based R-vine copula method to explore tail dependance between the Financial Stress Indices of eleven euro area countries with an aim of understanding how financial stress are interacting with each other. We find larger economies in the Euro area tend to have closer upper tail dependence in terms of positive shocks, while smaller economies tend to have closer lower tail dependence with respect to negative shocks. The R-vine copula results underline the complex dynamics of financial stress relations existing between Euro Area economies. The estimated R-vine shows Spain, Italy, France and Belgium are the most interconnected nodes which underlying they might be more efficient targets to treat in order to achieve a quicker stabilizing. Our results relate to the fact that Eurozone is not a unified policy making area, therefore, it needs to follow divergent policies for taming the effects of financial instability to different regions or groups of economies that are more interconnected. JEL Classification: E44 F47 G01


Zhang, D., Yan, M., & Tsopanakis, A. (2018). Financial stress relationships among Euro area countries: an R-vine copula approach. The European journal of finance, 24(17), 1587-1608.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 4, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 7, 2018
Publication Date Jan 7, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 8, 2019
Print ISSN 1351-847X
Electronic ISSN 1466-4364
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 17
Pages 1587-1608
Keywords Keyword: Financial stress; FSI; Euro area; GARCH; Vine copula; regular vine * Corresponding Author: myan@hullacuk
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