Sentiment and Stock Prices: The Case of Aviation Disasters
53 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2008 Last revised: 28 Dec 2010
Date Written: July 1, 2008
Behavioral economic studies reveal that negative sentiment driven by bad mood and anxiety affects investment decisions and may hence affect asset pricing. In this study we examine the effect of aviation disasters on stock prices. We find evidence of a significant negative event effect with a market average loss of more than $60 billion per aviation disaster, whereas the estimated actual loss is no more than $1 billion. In two days a price reversal occurs. We find the effect to be greater in small and riskier stocks and in firms belonging to less stable industries. This event effect is also accompanied by an increase in the perceived risk: implied volatility increases after aviation disasters without an increase in actual volatility.
Keywords: Mood Event Effect, value stock returns, investors' mood, behavioral finance, disasters, abnormal returns
JEL Classification: A12, A14, D81, G1, G14
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