Herds on Green Meadows – The Decarbonization of Institutional Portfolios
28 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 30, 2019
We analyze an emerging sustainable trend in asset management: the decarbonization of institutional portfolios. By using broad institutional ownership data we show that investors exhibit herding behavior in the sense of decarbonization. They are inclined to follow their own or other investors’ buys in green stocks and sales in brown stocks over adjacent quarters. In addition, we find that Hedge Funds as well as Investment Advisors lead the herd by executing trades in the sense of decarbonization. This is in line with expectations, since Investment Advisors are often bound to social norms, which nowadays include awareness for environmental aspects. For the aspired achievement of market-wide decarbonization, investors leading the herd should be encouraged to further decarbonize their portfolios in order to trigger follow-up trades.
Keywords: decarbonization, institutional investors, herding
JEL Classification: G11, G15, G23, M14
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