Get Real! Individuals Prefer More Sustainable Investments
53 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2018 Last revised: 25 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 21, 2019
Do people put their pension savings on the table to promote sustainability? We conducted a field experiment with a pension fund that had focused very little on sustainable investments. The pension fund then gave its members a real vote on whether to increase sustainable investments. We find that 67.9% of participants voted for more sustainable investments with their pension savings at stake. Even among participants who expected lower financial returns if sustainable investments were increased, a majority voted for more sustainable investments. These results can have consequences for asset pricing and the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Keywords: field experiment, social preferences, socially responsible investments, sustainable finance, experimental finance
JEL Classification: G02, G20, G23, G28
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