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Measuring the Instability of China’s Financial System: Indices Construction and an Early Warning System

Sun, Lixin and Huang, Yuqin (2013): Measuring the Instability of China’s Financial System: Indices Construction and an Early Warning System.

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Abstract

In this paper, employing several econometric techniques, we construct a financial stress index (CNFSI) and a financial conditions index (CNFCI) to measure the instability of China’s financial system. The indices are based on the monthly data collected from China’s inter-bank markets, stock markets, foreign exchange markets and debt markets. Using two indices, we identify the episodes of systemic financial stress, and then evaluate the indices. The empirical results suggest that the CNFSI performs better than the CNFCI. Furthermore, we propose four leading indicators for monitoring China’s financial instability, and provide a primary early warning system for China’s macroprudential regulations.

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