Social Screens and Systematic Boycott Risk
77 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2014 Last revised: 10 Apr 2015
Date Written: March 26, 2015
We consider the pricing implications of screens adopted by socially responsible investors. A model including such investors reconciles the empirically observed risk-adjusted sin-stock abnormal return with a systematic “boycott risk premium” which has a substantial financial impact that is, however, not limited to the targeted firms. The boycott effect cannot be displaced by litigation risk, a neglect effect, and liquidity considerations, or by industry momentum and concentration. The boycott risk factor is valuable in explaining cross-sectional differences in mean returns across industries and its premium varies directly with the relative wealth of socially responsible investors and with the business cycle.
Keywords: Social Screens, Sin Stocks, Investment Boycotts, Systematic Risk
JEL Classification: G12
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