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A review of the seasonal affective disorder hypothesis

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  • Keef, Stephen P.
  • Khaled, Mohammed S.

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This review of the SAD hypothesis of Kamstra et al. (2003), hereafter KKL (2003), isolates four new problems. First, the KKL (2003) statistical model does not test the KKL (2003) SAD hypothesis. Second, KKL (2003) do not properly interpret their results. Third, KKL (2003) incorrectly specify the sign of the SAD effect in the winter. The revised SAD hypothesis is that hours of night have a negative influence on stock returns in the fall and in the winter. Fourth, the statistical tests do not support either the KKL (2003) hypothesis or the revised SAD hypothesis.

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  • Keef, Stephen P. & Khaled, Mohammed S., 2011. "A review of the seasonal affective disorder hypothesis," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(6), pages 959-967.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:6:p:959-967
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.08.012
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    1. Khaled, Mohammed S. & Keef, Stephen P., 2013. "Seasonal affective disorder: onset and recovery," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 136-139.
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    Keywords

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD); International; Stock returns; Seasonality;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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