Climate Change Concerns Meet Return-Chasing: Evidence from Energy ETFs
42 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2021
Date Written: July 8, 2020
Decarbonizing the global economy is a challenge requiring massive funding and coordination across all economic sectors. Energy ETFs play an important role in this transition. We find that investment flows into alternative energy ETFs (A-ETFs) increase with climate change risk. After the Paris Agreement, A-ETFs experience significantly stronger net flows than traditional energy ETFs (T-ETFs): A one-standard-deviation increase in fund return results in about 8-12% higher net flows per year to A-ETFs compared with T-ETFs. Return-sensitive investors appear to have joined the early climate-concerned investors after the global investment community made public its determination to take climate action post 2015.
Keywords: Climate change, energy, ETFs, performance-flow sensitivity
JEL Classification: G11, G23
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