The link between Bitcoin and Google Trends attention
9 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2021
Date Written: June 13, 2021
This paper shows that Bitcoin is not correlated to a general uncertainty index as measured by the Google Trends data of Castelnuovo and Tran (2017). Instead, Bitcoin is linked to a Google Trends attention measure specific for the cryptocurrency market. First, we find a bidirectional relationship between Google Trends attention and Bitcoin returns up to six days. Second, information flows from Bitcoin volatility to Google Trends attention seem to be larger than information flows in the other direction. These relations hold across different sub-periods and different compositions of the proposed Google Trends Cryptocurrency index.
Keywords: Cryptocurrencies, Google Trends, transfer entropy, market attention
JEL Classification: G01, G14
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