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Dynamics of Bond Market Integration between Existing And Accession EU Countries

Suk-Joong Kim, Brian Lucey, Eliza Wu

In this paper, we use a set of complementary techniques to examine the time-varying level of integration of European government bond markets. We consider daily bond returns and prices over the 1998-2003 period. Strong contemporaneous and dynamic linkages are found between individual European Union (EU) markets and the German market. However, there is no such evidence for the three accession markets of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. The UK's market is also considered. In general, the degree of integration for the accession markets is weak and stable, with little evidence of further deepening despite the increased political integration.

Keywords : Bond Indices, Cointegration, GARCH Models, Integration, Kalman Filter

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