Modeling Contagion in the Eurozone Crisis via Dynamical Systems

28 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2012 Last revised: 5 Jan 2014

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Giuseppe Castellacci

New York University (NYU)

Youngna Choi

Montclair State University - Department of Mathematical Sciences

Date Written: September 10, 2013


We recently ( formulated a theoretical framework for the modeling of the contagion of financial instability in terms of the theory of Dynamical Systems. Here, our main goal is to model the Eurozone financial crisis within that framework. The underlying system comprises many economic agents that belong to several subsystems. In each instantiation of this framework, the hierarchy and nesting of the subsystems is dictated by the nature of the problem at hand. We describe in great detail how a suitable model can be set up for the Eurozone crisis. The dynamical system is defined by the evolution of the wealths of the individual agents and can be estimated by solving a Non Linear Programming problem that incorporates features of Prospect Theory. Contagion is formulated in terms of how the market instability indicators for the different subsystem and the global system behaves. We present several scenarios tailored to recent financial developments and discussed within our model.

These all point to the key role played by the dynamical system elasticities. Accordingly, we put forward general recommendations on how regulators or other super-systemic agents may act to prevent and forestall the spreading of financial distress.

This is a revision of the paper "Sovereign Credit Risk Contagion: A Dynamical Systems Approach (June 10, 2012)" which used to be posted on the this site under the same url,

Keywords: dynamical systems, instability , recurrence, chaos, market instability indicator, sovereign credit, systemic risk, contagion, multi-economy models

Suggested Citation

Castellacci, Giuseppe and Choi, Youngna, Modeling Contagion in the Eurozone Crisis via Dynamical Systems (September 10, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Giuseppe Castellacci

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