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Is the stock market impervious to monetary policy announcements: Evidence from emerging India

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  • Prabu A, Edwin
  • Bhattacharyya, Indranil
  • Ray, Partha

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This study uses “event study” and “identification through heteroscedasticity” methodology to study the impact of Indian monetary policy announcements on stock indices during 2004–14. Although stock indices decline after announcement of policy tightening, the results are statistically insignificant. Unanticipated policy announcements have weakly significant impact, particularly on banking stocks. Dominance of the banking channel and ineffectiveness of the asset price channel in monetary transmission could have contributed to this non-confirmative result. Finally, UMP announcements of the US Fed also do not impact Indian stock returns except for a few events of LSAP in 2008 and Operation Twist in 2011.

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  • Prabu A, Edwin & Bhattacharyya, Indranil & Ray, Partha, 2016. "Is the stock market impervious to monetary policy announcements: Evidence from emerging India," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 166-179.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:46:y:2016:i:c:p:166-179
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2016.09.007
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    Keywords

    India; Stock market; Monetary policy announcements; Event Study; Identification through Heteroscedasticity;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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