Shocks to Transition Risk

51 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2020 Last revised: 26 Aug 2022

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Christoph Meinerding

Deutsche Bundesbank

Yves Stephan Schüler

Deutsche Bundesbank

Philipp Zhang

University of Zurich - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 15, 2022

Abstract

We propose and implement a method to identify shocks to transition risk, addressing key challenges regarding its definition and measurement. Our shocks are instances where significant new information about the economic relevance of climate change increases the valuation of green firms over brown firms. To illustrate our method, we identify shocks to transition risk in the United States. These shocks have important aggregate effects, also inducing financial instability. They are associated with events that increase the likelihood of a fast and orderly transition, and they specifically affect parts of the economy related to fossil fuels and energy. We show that these main results carry over to Germany and the United Kingdom. Still, we find an important role for country specificities.

Keywords: transition risk, climate change, financial stability, portfolio sort, textual analysis

JEL Classification: C30, E44, G12, Q43, Q54, Q58

Suggested Citation

Meinerding, Christoph and Schüler, Yves Stephan and Zhang, Philipp, Shocks to Transition Risk (July 15, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3654155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3654155

Christoph Meinerding

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14
Frankfurt/Main, 60431
Germany

Yves Stephan Schüler (Contact Author)

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14
Frankfurt/Main, 60431
Germany

Philipp Zhang

University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )

Zurich
Switzerland

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