Persistence in ESG and Conventional Stock Market Indices

28 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2021

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Guglielmo Maria Caporale

Brunel University London - Department of Economics and Finance; London South Bank University; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Luis A. Gil-Alana

University of Navarra - Department of Economics

Alex Plastun

Sumy State University

Inna Makarenko

National Bank of Ukraine - Ukrainian Academy of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This paper uses R/S analysis and fractional integration techniques to examine the persistence of two sets of 12 ESG and conventional stock price indices from the MSCI database over the period 2007-2020 for a large number of both developed and emerging markets. Both sets of results imply that there are no significant differences between the two types of indices in terms of the degree of persistence and its dynamic behaviour. However, higher persistence is found for the emerging markets examined (especially the BRICS), which suggests that they are less efficient and thus offer more opportunities for profitable trading strategies. Possible explanations for these findings include different type of companies’ ‘camouflage’ and ‘washing’ (green, blue, pink, social, and SDG) in the presence of rather lax regulations for ESG reporting.

JEL Classification: C220, G120

Suggested Citation

Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Gil-Alana, Luis A. and Plastun, Alex and Makarenko, Inna, Persistence in ESG and Conventional Stock Market Indices (2021). CESifo Working Paper No. 9098, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3859119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3859119

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Inna Makarenko

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