The Michelle Markup: The First Lady’s Impact on Stock Prices of Fashion Companies
41 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2010 Last revised: 1 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 1, 2011
I analyze changes in apparel company stock prices when Michelle Obama wears designer outfits at public events. Company stock prices rise significantly when the First Lady wears their clothing, increasing about 1.7% in the week following her most closely watched appearances and by about half as much after routine events. During 2009 her public appearances led to immediate gains exceeding $5 billion in shareholder value for various clothiers, in a pattern that closely tracks her daily schedule. Internet users search the names of individual designers with higher frequency after the First Lady wears their creations at major events, a pattern likely associated with surges in online product sales.
Keywords: Fashion stocks, social media, Michelle Obama
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