Industry characteristics and financial risk contagion Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2015

start page

  • 411

end page

  • 427


  • 50

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0378-4266

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-6372


  • This article proposes a new measure of tail risk spillover: the conditional coexceedance (CCX), defined as the number of joint occurrences of extreme negative returns in an industry, conditional on an extreme negative return in the financial sector. The empirical application provides evidence of significant volatility and tail risk spillovers from the financial sector to many real sectors in the U.S. economy from 2001 to 2011. These spillovers increase in crisis periods. The CCX in a given sector is positively related to its amount of debt financing and negatively related to its valuation and investment. Therefore, real economy sectors which require relatively high debt financing and whose value and investment activity are relatively lower are prime candidates for stock price volatility and depreciation in the wake of a financial sector crisis. Evidence also suggests that the higher the industry's degree of competition, the stronger the tail risk spillover from the financial sector. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • economic-growth; banking crises; stock markets; competition; dependence; returns; debt; real