International Evidence on the Democrat Premium and the Presidential Cycle Effect
North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Forthcoming
25 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2006
In this paper, we provide further empirical evidence on the relationship between political cycles and stock returns. While previous empirical results on the Democrat premium and the presidential cycle effect are limited to the US, we investigate both anomalies using an international dataset covering 15 countries. The data base allows us to apply a panel framework, in addition to an empirical analysis of the individual countries. Our results show that the Democrat premium and the presidential cycle effect are not strikingly pervasive global phenomena. This finding is robust and valid after controlling for business cycle conditions. The panel regressions do not support either of the two anomalies.
Keywords: Stock market efficiency, stock market anomalies, presidential cycle, Democrat premium, panel analysis
JEL Classification: G15, G18, C12
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