Asset Diversification versus Climate Action
61 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2020 Last revised: 30 Mar 2022
Date Written: March 29, 2022
Asset pricing and climate policy are analyzed in a global economy where consumption goods are produced by both a green and a carbon-intensive sector. We allow for two types of damages from global warming. Given that the economy is initially heavily dependent on carbon-intensive capital, the desire to diversify assets complements the attempt to mitigate economic damages from climate change. In the longer run, however, a trade-off between diversification and climate action emerges. We derive the optimal carbon price, the equilibrium risk-free rate, and risk premia. Climate disasters, which are more likely to occur sooner as temperature rises, significantly increase risk premia on financial assets.
Keywords: decarbonization, diversification, carbon price, asset prices, green assets, disaster risk
JEL Classification: D81, G01, G12, Q5, Q54
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