Macroeconomic Attention and Announcement Risk Premia
5th ASU Sonoran Winter Finance Conference
51 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015 Last revised: 4 Nov 2021
Date Written: November 4, 2021
We construct macroeconomic attention indices (MAI), new measures of attention to different macroeconomic risks including unemployment and monetary policy. Individual MAI tend to increase around related announcements and following changes in related fundamentals. Further, bad news raises attention more than good news. For unemployment and FOMC, attention predicts announcement risk premia and implied volatility changes with large economic magnitudes. Our findings support theories of endogenous attention and announcement risk premia while demonstrating future research directions, including that announcements can raise new concerns. Macroeconomic announcements are important not only for contents and timing, but also attention.
Keywords: macroeconomic attention, announcement risk premia, endogenous attention, macroeconomic fundamentals
JEL Classification: G12, E20
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