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News or Animal Spirits? Consumer Confidence and Economic Activity: Redux

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  • Sangyyup Choi

    (Yonsei University)

  • Jaehun Jeong

    (Duke University)

  • Dohyeon Park

    (Sogang University)

  • Donghoon Yoo

    (Academia Sinica)

Abstract

Barsky and Sims (2012, AER) demonstrated, via indirect inference, that confidence innovations can be viewed as noisy signals about medium-term economic growth. They highlighted that the connection between confidence and subsequent activity, such as consumption and output, is primarily driven by news shocks about the future. We expand upon their research in two significant ways. First, we incorporate the Great Recession and ZLB episodes, and second, we employ unique state-level data to offer insights into how to interpret the relationship between consumer confidence and economic activity. Our results confirm the main finding of Barsky and Sims (2012) that this relationship is predominantly driven by news about the future.

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  • Sangyyup Choi & Jaehun Jeong & Dohyeon Park & Donghoon Yoo, 2023. "News or Animal Spirits? Consumer Confidence and Economic Activity: Redux," Working papers 2023rwp-216, Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute.
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    Keywords

    Consumer confidence; news; animal spirits; Great Recession; state-level analysis.;
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    JEL classification:

    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian; Modern Monetary Theory
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E71 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on the Macro Economy

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