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Exploring Socionomic Causality in Social Health and Epidemics

34 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2013 Last revised: 1 Sep 2016

Alan M. Hall

Socionomics Institute

Alyssa Hayden

Socionomics Institute

Matt Lampert

Socionomics Institute

Date Written: June 16, 2016

Abstract

Studies have found that changes in benchmark stock market indexes precede corresponding changes in economic performance. Other studies have established a positive association between economic performance and public health. It follows that stock market indexes should be valuable leading indicators of changes in public health. The few studies to have considered this relationship found significant links. We expand the data set to test the historical endurance of the association between stock market performance and public health. First, we find a positive association between U.S. stock market performance and the Index of Social Health from 1970 to 2011. Second, we find a positive and leading relationship between severe or extended declines in stock market indexes and the onset of major epidemics of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including epidemics of cholera, encephalitis lethargica, Spanish Flu, Hong Kong Flu, HIV/AIDS, SARS, H1N1, Ebola and Zika. We explore the socionomic explanation for these associations, specifically that natural fluctuations in social mood regulate changes in both stock price trends and public health trends. Our findings have practical implications for the ability of researchers, practitioners and health officials to anticipate trends in social health and changes in the risk of epidemics for specific locations worldwide.

Keywords: Epidemics, Stock market, Social mood, Social health, Socionomic theory

JEL Classification: I1, I10, I12, N2

Suggested Citation

Hall, Alan M. and Hayden, Alyssa and Lampert, Matt, Exploring Socionomic Causality in Social Health and Epidemics (June 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2234003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2234003

Alan Hall

Socionomics Institute ( email )

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Alyssa Hayden (Contact Author)

Socionomics Institute ( email )

PO Box 1618
Gainesville, GA 30503
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.socionomics.net

Matt Lampert

Socionomics Institute ( email )

PO Box 1618
Gainesville, GA 30503
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.socionomics.net

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