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Capital Flows in Risky Times: Risk-On / Risk-Off and Emerging Market Tail Risk


Abstract: This paper characterizes the implications of risk-on/risk-off shocks for emerging market capital flows and returns. We document that these shocks have important implications not only for the median of emerging markets flows and returns but also for the left tail. Further, while there are some differences in the effects across bond vs. equity markets and flows vs. asset returns, the effects associated with the worst realizations are generally larger than on the median realization. We apply our methodology to the COVID-19 shock to examine the pattern of flow and return realizations: the sizable risk-off nature of this shock engenders reactions that reside deep in the left tail of most relevant emerging market quantities.

Keywords: Capital flows; Emerging markets; risk-on/risk-off; COVID-19; Tail risk; Quantile regression;

JEL Classification: F32; G15; G23;

https://doi.org/10.18651/RWP2020-08

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Part of Series: Research Working Paper

Publication Date: 2020-07-01

Number: RWP 20-08