Carbon Premium around the World

67 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2020

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Patrick Bolton

Columbia Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Marcin T. Kacperczyk

Imperial College London - Accounting, Finance, and Macroeconomics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: March 13, 2020

Abstract

This paper explores how the carbon premium varies around the world. We estimate the stock return premium associated with carbon emissions at the firm level in a cross-section of over 14,400 firms in 77 countries. We find that there is a widespread carbon premium—higher stock returns for companies with higher carbon emissions—in all sectors over three continents, Asia, Europe, and North America. Stock returns are affected by both direct and indirect emissions through the supply chain. In addition, the carbon premium has been rising in recent years. We also find widespread divestment based on carbon emissions by institutional investors around the world, but institutional investors tend to focus their divestment on foreign companies.

Keywords: Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Stock Returns, Institutional Investors

JEL Classification: G12, G23, G30, D62

Suggested Citation

Bolton, Patrick and Kacperczyk, Marcin T., Carbon Premium around the World (March 13, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3550233 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3550233

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Marcin T. Kacperczyk (Contact Author)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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