The Pitch Rather Than the Pit: Investor Inattention, Trading Activity, and FIFA World Cup Matches

Michael Ehrmann, David Jan Jansen

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Abstract

This paper analyzes stock market trading in 15 countries during the 2010 and 2014 soccer FIFA World Cups. We find evidence for substantial investor inattention during these major sporting events. The lack of attention for the trading pit is particularly large when the national soccer team is competing, with traded volumes declining by as much as 48%. During national team matches, prices on local stock markets can temporarily decouple from global financial market developments. These findings suggest that major sporting events can act as a laboratory in which to investigate investor inattention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-821
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Money, Credit and Banking
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • investor inattention
  • sporting events
  • stock markets
  • trading activity

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