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The Impact of ESG on Stocks’ Downside Risk and Risk Adjusted Return
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Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5776-9396
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Abstract [en]

Investments considering corporate social responsibility continue to expand. Are companies pursuing a CSR agenda benefiting shareholders by reducing their financial downside risk? This paper investigates the relationship between a firm’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) scores and its downside risk on the stock market. We study this link using a panel of 887 stocks listed in five European countries over the period 2005-2017. Our empirical results show that higher ESG scores are associated with reduced downside risk of stock returns. Based on the Fama-French three factor model, we found no systematic relationship between ESG and the level of risk-adjusted return.

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Östersund: Myndigheten för tillväxtpolitiska utvärderingar och analyser , 2019. , p. 19
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Working paper ; 2019:02
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ESG, Value at Risk, Risk-adjusted return, stock market, panel data
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43337DiVA, id: diva2:1296004
Available from: 2019-03-13 Created: 2019-03-13 Last updated: 2019-03-13Bibliographically approved

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