News-Based Sentiment Indicators
57 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020
Date Written: December 2019
We construct sentiment indices for 20 countries from 1980 to 2019. Relying on computational text analysis, we capture specific language like 'fear', 'risk', 'hedging', 'opinion', and, 'crisis', as well as 'positive' and 'negative' sentiments, in news articles from the Financial Times. We assess the performance of our sentiment indices as 'news-based' early warning indicators (EWIs) for financial crises. We find that sentiment indices spike and/or trend up ahead of financial crises.
Keywords: Balance sheets, Financial crises, Business cycles, Banking crisis, Currency crises, early warning indicators, risk, crisis, sentiment, WP, EWS, negative sentiment, financial news, true positive, pos
JEL Classification: E37, E44, E66, F30, D80, G21, E01, E32, M41, C43
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