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The Influence of Negative Newspaper Coverage on Consumer Confidence: The Dutch Case

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  • Hollanders, D.A.
  • Vliegenthart, R.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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    This paper studies the empirical relationship between the real economy, consumer confidence and economic news coverage in national newspapers for the Netherlands during the period 1990-2008. Media-attention for economic developments Granger-causes consumer confidence, with more negative news decreasing consumer confidence; this result holds when controlling for the real economy (stock-market). This suggests that in line with many popular concerns negative news is among factors influencing the hardness of the landing of the current credit-crisis, whereas positive news might have been a contributing factor in the build-up of asset- and housing bubbles.

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    Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2009-55.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:200955

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    Keywords: Consumer Confidence; Media; VAR-analysis.;

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