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Ozlem Goktas and Aycan Hepsag
 
''Do stock returns lead real economic activity? Evidence from seasonal cointegration analysis''
( 2011, Vol. 31 No.3 )
 
 
This paper investigates the causal relationship between the stock returns and real economic activity in seasonal unit roots and seasonal cointegration framework by taking into account of seasonal behaviors of the stock returns and industrial production as a proxy of real economic activity. We use seasonally unadjusted quarterly Turkish data series that covers the period from first quarter of 1987 to the third quarter of 2009. The empirical results support evidence for the existence of the causal relationship between stock returns and real economic activity. We determine unidirectional causality running from the real economic activity to the stock returns in the six-monthly term. The empirical findings support that only the real economic activity provides the forecasting ability for the stock returns and there is no feedback relationship between the stock returns and the real economic activity.
 
 
Keywords: Stock Returns, Real Economic Activity, Seasonal Cointegration
JEL: C5 - Econometric Modeling: General
E4 - Money and Interest Rates: General
 
Manuscript Received : Dec 09 2010 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 20 2011

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