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COVID-19: Stock Market Reactions

No previous infectious disease outbreak, including the Spanish flu, has impacted the stock market as powerfully as the Covid-19 pandemic. Steven Davis (University of Chicago) and his co-authors use text-based analysis of newspaper reports back to 1900 to track stock market volatility. They also argue that policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic provide the most compelling explanation for its unprecedented stock market impact.