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The European Journal of Communication Research

Ed. by Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie / d'Haenens, Leen

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Volume 43, Issue 1


The consequences of being on the agenda: The effect of media and public attention on firms’ stock market performance

Toni G. L. A. van der Meer / Rens Vliegenthart
Published Online: 2017-04-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2017-0027


This study applies agenda setting theory to understand how firms’ financial performance is affected by both the news media and the public agenda. Using content and time-series analysis for the data of five Dutch firms (period 2009−2013), we demonstrate that media attention (newspaper coverage) and public attention (GoogleTrends search) for a firm affect stock market ratings. As hypothesized, the effect of media attention was found to be negative whereas the effect of public attention was positive.

Keywords: Agenda setting; stock market; news media; public; attention

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Published Online: 2017-04-13

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 5–24, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2017-0027.

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