Title

Impact of COVID-19 on Emerging Markets

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Rwan El-Khatib
Anis Samet

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

SSRN Electronic Journal

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting global markets through unprecedented circumstances. Fears surrounding such novel virus has led to dramatic market turbulence and massive tumbles in stock prices. In this paper, we explore the impact of COVID-19 on a comprehensive sample of 45 emerging countries. We track the performance of each of the markets during the outbreak using its major stock index and we compute the volatilities using a GARCH (1,1) model. Moreover, we report conventional and Islamic bond issuances and assess investors' perceptions towards credit risk by examining the premiums on sovereign credit default swaps. We then compare the results to the global financial crisis period. We find that indeed COVID-19 has harshly struck the emerging countries driving sharp declines in stock market indices, causing an escalation in volatility levels, and widening the premiums on sovereign credit default swaps. However, such upheavals did not yet reach the global financial crisis levels. We finally examine the reactions of the IMF and local governments and central banks in response to such crisis.

ISSN

1556-5068

Publisher

Elsevier BV

First Page

125

Disciplines

Business

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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