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The Eurozone Crisis: How Banks and Sovereigns Came to be Joined at the Hip

Author/Editor: Mody, Ashoka | Sandri, Damiano
Authorized for Distribution: November 1, 2011
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Summary: We use the rise and dispersion of sovereign spreads to tell the story of the emergence and escalation of financial tensions within the eurozone. This process evolved through three stages. Following the onset of the Subprime crisis in July 2007, spreads rose but mainly due to common global factors. The rescue of Bear Stearns in March 2008 marked the start of a distinctively European banking crisis. During this key phase, sovereign spreads tended to rise with the growing demand for support by weakening domestic financial sectors, especially in countries with lower growth prospects and higher debt burdens. As the constraint of continued fiscal commitments became clearer, and coinciding with the nationalization of Anglo Irish in January 2009, the separation between the sovereign and the financial sector disappeared.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 11/269
Subject(s): Banks | Cross country analysis | Economic growth | Economic models | Europe | Financial crisis | Financial sector | Global competitiveness | Sovereign debt
Author's keyword(s): Sovereign spreads | financial sector | stock market | eurozone | Bear Stearns | Anglo Irish
 
English  
    Published:   November 1, 2011        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2011269   Pages:   33
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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