Luke A Bir
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Financial economists consider price movements in stocks a function of both fundamental and macroeconomic factors. In this study, I examine the relationship between U.S. service employment, a large component of total U.S. employment, and two market sectors that rely on consumer spending for sales and earnings growth. Using regression analysis, I regress service employment on the consumer staples SPDR price index(XLP) and the consumer discretionary SPDR price index (XLY). I test the hypothesis that the regression coefficients (B) are greater than zero. The time period for the analysis is 2009-2016, which is also marked by an aggressive policy of monetary easing and a sustained rebound in the stock market.
Independent Research - Undergraduate
Trevor C. Collier
Primary Advisor's Department
Economics and Finance
Stander Symposium project
"Service Employment Trends and Stock Price Movements in the Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary Sectors from 2009-2016" (2017). Stander Symposium Projects. 842.