Most Ethical Companies and Stock Performance: Empirical Evidence
Sum, V. (2012). Most ethical companies and stock performance: empirical evidence. International Research Journal of Applied Finance, 3(8), 1286-1292.
8 Pages Posted: 16 May 2012 Last revised: 25 Sep 2012
Date Written: May 16, 2012
This paper provides empirical evidence from the capital market that ethical companies enjoy above-the-market-average performance. The analysis of risk premiums and risk adjusted returns of an equal-weighted portfolio of public firms ranked consecutively from 2007-2011 as the most ethical companies in the United States shows the average portfolio risk premiums are positive and greater than the market risk premiums for 3-year and 5-year holding period intervals; the average risk-adjusted excess returns are positive and statistically significant for the 3-year and 5-year holding period intervals. The implication of this study is that the firm’s commitment to be ethical will pay off in the long-turn, on average.
Keywords: Risk premiums, risk adjusted excess returns, most ethical companies
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14
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