SAFE Visitors Program joint with FInance Seminar: Daniel Andrei (McGill University)

When:17 September 2019
, 12:00
 - 13:15
Where:Room E.01, House of Finance

Title: Economic Uncertainty and Investor Attention 

Speaker: Daniel Andrei (McGill University) presents a joint work with Henry Friedman and N. Bugra Ozel

Abstract:

In a dynamic model of information acquisition, we show that higher economic uncertainty causes investors to rationally allocate more attention to firm-specific information. Higher uncertainty weakens the informativeness of stock prices, which increases investors’ incentive to search for information. The model yields clear testable predictions that are supported by the data. We show that corporate earnings announced on days with higher economic uncertainty are associated with stronger earnings response coefficients, weaker post-earnings announcement drifts, and larger increases in SEC EDGAR queries. Overall, these findings suggest that economic uncertainty attracts investor attention to the stock market and improves price discovery.

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