Public reaction to stock market volatility: evidence from the ATUS

Patrick Payne, Christopher Browning, Charlene M. Kalenkoski

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How does the public react to changes in the stock market? We know from the existing body of research that sentiment can predict future stock-market movements. However, do market movements affect sentiment? This article addresses these questions by testing whether market movements precede changes in the emotional well-being of the general public. Using Granger causality analysis, we compare how market movements affect public well-being during periods of increased (2010) and decreased (2012) volatility. The results show that 30-day-lagged returns are associated positively and significantly with the public’s emotional well-being, and that this effect is stronger during periods of increased volatility. The results also show that this effect may persist for up to 120 days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1197-1200
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 21 2016


  • Well-being
  • investments
  • sentiment
  • stock market


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