Lottery Jackpots and the Monday Effect
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Research Seminars in Finance
Topic: Lottery Jackpots and the Monday Effect
Speaker: Chuan Yang Hwang, Nanyang Technological University
Abstract: Using large lottery jackpots on Saturday as repeated exogenous shocks to investor attention, we find that the Monday effect of market return and the Monday effect of anomalies (abnormally low returns of speculative stocks concentrates on Monday) only exist on Mondays with a large jackpot on the preceding Saturday. For example, the Monday effect of high idiosyncratic volatility stocks is a striking - 64 bps when there was a large Saturday jackpot but is negligible otherwise. This is consistent with the hypothesis that individual investors allocate the weekends to process information and decide on trading strategies. Large jackpots during the weekends distract individual investors’ attention from the stock market, resulting in less buying relative to selling, lower return and larger stock co-movement on the following Monday, suggesting investor inattention plays an important role in prominent anomalies in the literature. Furthermore, we do not find similar jackpot effect on weekday drawings.
Moderator: Lorenzo Casavecchia, University of Technology Sydney
Date: Wednesday, 24th June 2020
Time: 12.00 – 1.00 p.m. (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
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