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Are stock prices related to the political uncertainty index in OECD countries? Evidence from the bootstrap panel causality test

Tsangyao Chang (), Wen-Yi Chen, Rangan Gupta () and Duc Khuong Nguyen

Economic Systems, 2015, vol. 39, issue 2, 288-300

Abstract: This study applies the bootstrap panel causality test proposed by Kónya (2006. Econ Modell 23, 978) to investigate the causal link between political uncertainty and stock prices for seven OECD countries over the monthly period of 2001.01 to 2013.04. This modeling approach allows us to examine both cross-sectional dependency and country-specific heterogeneity. Our empirical results indicate that not all the countries are alike and that the theoretical prediction that stock prices fall at the announcement of a policy change is not always supported. Specifically, we find evidence for the stock price leading hypothesis for Italy and Spain, while the political uncertainty leading hypothesis cannot be rejected for the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, the neutrality hypothesis was supported in the remaining three countries (Canada, France and Germany), while no evidence for the feedback hypothesis was found.

Keywords: Stock price; Political uncertainty index; Bootstrap panel causality test (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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