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Anderson, Evan W.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Economics


Economics; Finance


The ability of sentiments to impact macroeconomic activity and financial markets is unequivocally recognized. Economists and policymakers alike, agree that the extended periods of pessimistic sentiments impeded the economic recovery after the Great Recession. Despite this knowledge, there is still much more to know about the mechanisms by which these unpredictable changes in confidence perpetuate in economic and financial systems. It is also imperative to learn how to measure the exogenous shifts in the market sentiments and the sensitivity of asset prices and macroeconomic variables to them. This dissertation examines the sentiments in two ways. Using social network data, this work presents methods to identify sentiments of influential investors and highlight the effects of the stated opinions on the broader stock market and on individual securities. This paper concludes that these high-frequency sentiments influence prices and there are incremental benefits of recognizing investor heterogeneity in such analyses. The other research presents a production economy asset pricing model and elaborates on the interplay of macroeconomic and asset market observations with the changes in consumer preferences. The results reveal significant and persistent risks to the changes in market sentiments and simultaneously explain major moments of economic and financial series.


Advisors: Evan Anderson; Ai-ru Cheng.||Committee members: Alexander Garivaltis; George Slotsve.||Includes illustrations.||Includes bibliographical references.


147 pages




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