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Losing Sleep at the Market: The Daylight-Savings Anomaly

  • Kamstra, M.J.
  • Kramer, L.A.
  • Levi, M.D.

Motivated by the recent flurry of activity in sleep research, this paper explores the connection between sleep disruptions following Spring and Fall clock shifts associated with daylight-savings time, and equity returns. It is shown that the "weekend effect" in the form of the lower-than-expected Friday-to Monday returns is particularly pronounced for the two weekends involving daylight-savings clock changes.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University in its series Discussion Papers with number dp98-04.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:sfu:sfudps:dp98-04
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