Resiliency of Environmental and Social Stocks: An Analysis of the Exogenous COVID-19 Market Crash

27 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2020 Last revised: 15 May 2020

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Rui A. Albuquerque

Boston College, Carroll School of Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Yrjo Koskinen

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Shuai Yang

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business

Chendi Zhang

University of Exeter Business School

Date Written: May 1, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown brought about a massive slowdown of the economy and an unparalleled stock market crash. Using U.S. data, this paper explores how firms with high Environmental and Social (ES) ratings fare during the first quarter of 2020 compared to other firms. We show that stocks with high ES ratings have significantly higher returns and lower return volatilities than other stocks. Firms with high ES ratings and high advertising expenditures perform especially well during the crash. This paper highlights the importance of ES policies in making firms more resilient during a time of crisis.

Keywords: ESG, COVID-19, market crash, stock returns, volatility, customer loyalty

JEL Classification: G12, G32, M14

Suggested Citation

Albuquerque, Rui A. and Koskinen, Yrjo J and Yang, Shuai and Zhang, Chendi, Resiliency of Environmental and Social Stocks: An Analysis of the Exogenous COVID-19 Market Crash (May 1, 2020). European Corporate Governance Institute – Finance Working Paper No. 676/2020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3583611 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3583611

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Shuai Yang

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Chendi Zhang

University of Exeter Business School ( email )

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