This book aims to integrate the notions of contagion in epidemiology and contagion in financial market crises to discover why emerging markets are so susceptible to financial crises.
The author first provides a brief introduction of the contagious spill-over of recent financial market crises and models the pattern of these crises. He finds that the contagion between crises in emerging markets, such as that of the crises in Russia and Brazil in 1998-1999, is explicable, despite the fact that at first sight they appear to have little in common. Finally, Friedrich Sell integrates these findings to outline a proposal for a `new international financial architecture'.
This groundbreaking book will be of interest to scholars of financial economics, emerging economies and international money and finance.
Friedrich L. Sell, Professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen, Germany
Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction 2. Contagious Financial Crises in Economic History and in the Recent Past 3. Explaining the Onset of Financial Market Crises in Emerging Markets 4. `Contagion': What is it and Who is Susceptible to it? 5. A Simple Model of Contagious Financial Crises 6. The New International Financial Architecture 7. Final Remarks Bibliography Index