UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH JOURNAL
Samruddhi Somani

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Samruddhi Somani

I am a senior from Summerville, South Carolina. I am majoring in economics and political science and minoring in mathematics and risk management. I am also a Carolina and Lieber Scholar and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, I hope to spend a few years working and then return to graduate school. I chose to study this topic because this particular intersection of all my programs of study--the effects of political actions on stock market movements and, therefore, the economy--especially intrigued me. One of the defining events of my generation is the global financial crisis of 2008: Governments all across the world reacted with various stimulus programs to temper the crisis and to stabilize and to regrow their fragile economies. Abundant data due to technological advances has made it possible for me to study these effects. The opportunity to apply what I had learned in my classes to analyze data from such an event has invaluably enhanced my education. This project has helped me further understand the research process, as I was engaged in every step: designing the project, collecting and analyzing the data, and sharing the results. I have also gained a deeper understanding of government policies to stabilize and help the economy, which will help me become a more informed consumer and citizen. I hope that this project will also help me with graduate school admissions, as it highlights my commitment to research.

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I am a senior from Summerville, South Carolina. I am majoring in economics and political science and minoring in mathematics and risk management. I am also a Carolina and Lieber Scholar and a member o... read more

Articles by Samruddhi Somani

The Effects of Government Policies on the Stock Market

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Abstract   What is the most effective government policy to boost stock returns and, subsequently, to foster economic growth, especially during an economic crisis? This paper examines the effects of various government actions on stock market performance during the global financial crisis of 2007. As expected from rational investors, nearly all of the variation in

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