DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2023.4885 ISSN: 0025-1909

When Bankers Go to Hail: Insights into Fed–Bank Interactions from Taxi Data

Daniel Bradley, David Andrew Finer, Matthew Gustafson, Jared Williams
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Strategy and Management

We introduce taxi ridership between the Federal Reserve (Fed) Bank of New York and large financial institutions headquartered in New York City as a novel proxy for Fed–bank face-to-face interactions. We document a negative relation between past Fed–bank interactions and future stock market returns, particularly on days around the Fed’s public announcements. We also find significantly elevated Fed–bank interactions immediately following the lifting of the Federal Open Market Committee blackout. Our findings suggest that the Fed increases its information gathering via face-to-face interactions when it possesses negative private information about the condition of the economy.

This paper was accepted by Agostino Capponi, finance.

Funding: This work was supported by the Muma College of Business Center for Analytics and Creativity at the University South Florida, the George Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Liew Fama-Miller Fellowship, and the Fischer Black Fellowship.

Supplemental Material: Data and the online appendix are available at .

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