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Political orientation of government and stock market returns

  • Bialkowski, Jedrzej
  • Gottschalk, Katrin
  • Wisniewski, Tomasz

Prior research documented that U.S. stock prices tend to grow faster during Democratic administrations than during Republican administrations. This letter examines whether stock returns in other countries also depend on the political orientation of the incumbents. An analysis of 24 stock markets and 173 different governments reveals that there are no statistically significant differences in returns between left-wing and right-wing executives. Consequently, international investment strategies based on the political orientation of countries' leadership are likely to be futile.

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Date of creation: Jul 2006
Date of revision: Nov 2006
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