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And action: TV sentiment and the US consumer

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  • Matthias W. Uhl

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With a novel data set, we test whether sentiment in TV news can be used as a proxy for consumer sentiment in order to explain changes in private consumption growth in the United States. The University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment (ICS) is taken to compare its explanatory power with TV sentiment in classical consumer behaviour models. We find that TV sentiment can be used at least as good a proxy for consumer sentiment as the ICS, while TV sentiment can best explain private consumption behaviour with personal income and savings.

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  • Matthias W. Uhl, 2012. "And action: TV sentiment and the US consumer," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(11), pages 1029-1034, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:11:p:1029-1034
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2011.613739
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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