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The Performance of Socially Responsible Investment - A Review of Scholarly Studies Published 2008-2010

19 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2011  

Emma Sjöström

Stockholm School of Economics; Nuwa AB

Date Written: October 17, 2011

Abstract

This report explores whether socially responsible investment (SRI) generates higher, lower or similar risk adjusted financial return compared with conventional investment. 21 academic studies are reviewed. Seven studies conclude that SRI have similar performance relative to their conventional peers. Five studies report that SRI outperforms conventional investment. Three studies find that SRI generates inferior performance relative to its conventional peers. Finally, six studies report mixed results. We can conclude that results point in all different directions, and that there is no clear link between SRI and financial performance. Our results implicates that it would be unwise to make general statements about the performance of SRI based on only one or a few studies.

Keywords: socially responsible investment, risk adjusted return on investment, ESG

JEL Classification: G00, M14

Suggested Citation

Sjöström, Emma, The Performance of Socially Responsible Investment - A Review of Scholarly Studies Published 2008-2010 (October 17, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1948169 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1948169

Emma Sjöström (Contact Author)

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

PO Box 6501
Stockholm, 11383
Sweden

Nuwa AB ( email )

Stockholm
Sweden

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