Climate Sensitivity, Mispricing, and Predictable Returns
74 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2019 Last revised: 28 Nov 2022
Date Written: November 26, 2022
We examine the relation between climate change and firm performance. Using a novel measure of firm-level temperature sensitivity, we show that stocks with higher temperature sensitivity are overpriced. They have lower future profitability, riskier corporate policies, and lower future returns. Both institutional investors and sell-side equity analysts contribute to the mispricing. Collectively, these results suggest that financial markets under-react to firm-specific information about climate change, which generates predictable patterns in returns. During the 1968-2020 sample period, a trading strategy that exploits this information generates an annualized risk-adjusted return of over 4%.
Keywords: Climate sensitivity, return predictability, mispricing, market under-reaction, institutional investors, sell-side analysts.
JEL Classification: G12, G14
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