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Banks, Financial Markets And International Consumption Risk Sharing

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Executive Summary

In this paper the authors empirically explore how characteristics of the domestic financial system in influence the international allocation of consumption risk using a sample of OECD countries. These results show that the extent of risk sharing achieved does not depend on the overall development of the domestic financial system per se. Rather, it depends on how the financial system is organized. Specifically, they find that countries characterized by developed financial markets are less exposed to idiosyncratic risk, whereas the development of the banking sector contributes little to the inter-national diversification of consumption risk.

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