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Does the market make us happy? The stock market and well-being

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  • Aurora Murgea

    () (Department of Finance, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, West University of Timisoara, Romania)

  • Robert Reisz

    (Institut für Hochschulforschung an der Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg, Germany
    Department of Informatics, Faculty of Matematics and Informatics, West University of Timisoara, Romania)

Abstract

The present paper studies the relationship between well-being and the stock market in the USA. We find that there is a relationship between well-being and the capital market. Empirical tests, using the Gallupp Healthways Well-being Index, Standard&Poor’s S&P 500 and the VIX volatility index show a strong and statistically significant impact of the stock market on well-being.

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  • Aurora Murgea & Robert Reisz, 2012. "Does the market make us happy? The stock market and well-being," FEAA Working Papers 2012.FEAA.F.03, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    1. Ng, Yew-Kwang, 1997. "A Case for Happiness, Cardinalism, and Interpersonal Comparability," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 107(445), pages 1848-1858, November.
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    Keywords

    well-being; stock market; happiness; uncertainty;
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    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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