Climate Uncertainty and Corporate Investment: Evidence from State-Led Climate Change Adaptation Plans

50 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2021

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Yuna Heo

Rutgers Business School - Rutgers University

Date Written: March 31, 2021

Abstract

We document that climate uncertainty negatively affects corporate investment. The effect is more pronounced for firms with higher capital intensity, higher operating inflexibility, and less redeployable capital. Our results are robust to using an instrumental variable approach and to using alternative climate uncertainty measure. Further, we find that climate adaptation plans mitigate the negative effects of climate uncertainty on corporate investment. We establish this result using the staggered introduction of State-led Climate Change Adaptation Plans. Our findings suggest that climate uncertainty can depress corporate investment, but climate adaptation plans shield firms from climate uncertainty contributing to investment resilience.

Keywords: climate uncertainty, corporate investment, climate adaptation, climate change news index, investment irreversibility, climate resilience

JEL Classification: G15, G32, G38, Q54

Suggested Citation

Heo, Yuna, Climate Uncertainty and Corporate Investment: Evidence from State-Led Climate Change Adaptation Plans (March 31, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3816477 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3816477

Yuna Heo (Contact Author)

Rutgers Business School - Rutgers University ( email )

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