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Electoral systems and the effects of political events on the stock market: The Belgian case

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  • Jef Vuchelen

    (Free University Brussels, Belgium)

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    Efficient stock markets react to news. News about future economic policies can be derived from political events such as elections, the formation of new governments, changes in the composition of governments, etc. However, the news content of these events depends on the electoral system. In the American electoral system, characterized as it is by majority representation and single--party governments, elections generate news to the extent that the results are unexpected. In countries with proportional representation, governments are frequently multi--party coalitions whose composition is difficult to predict from the election results. These results therefore contain much less information about future policies. Our results, obtained for the Brussels stock market, support this distinction. Furthermore, the ideological composition of the government also matters; these effects support a rational partisan approach. Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Economics and Politics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 85-102

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:15:y:2003:i:1:p:85-102
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