Do Sustainable Company Stock Prices Increase with ESG Scrutiny? Evidence from Social Media

39 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2022 Last revised: 17 Jul 2023

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Emilie Kvam

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Peter Molnár

University of Stavanger

Ingvild Wankel

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Bernt Arne Ødegaard

University of Stavanger

Date Written: July 7, 2023

Abstract

We study the links between short-term stock returns and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) concerns. The ESG concerns are measured by ESG-related sentiment extracted from Google Trends and Twitter. Companies with high ESG scores deliver high short-term returns in times of heightened ESG concerns, measured both using heightened social media interest in ESG (both at the company and economy-wide level), and economic uncertainty(measured by the VIX index). Our results are consistent with Cornell~(2020)'s arguments of increased short-term demand for high-quality ESG stocks at times when ESG concerns come to the forefront. On average short-term returns are decreasing in ESG rankings, consistent with the implications of equilibrium models of Pastor et al. (2021) and Pedersen et al. (2021).

Keywords: ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) concerns; Social Media; Stock Returns

JEL Classification: G10, G12

Suggested Citation

Kvam, Emilie and Molnár, Peter and Wankel, Ingvild and Ødegaard, Bernt Arne, Do Sustainable Company Stock Prices Increase with ESG Scrutiny? Evidence from Social Media (July 7, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4057988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4057988

Emilie Kvam

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Høgskoleringen
Trondheim NO-7491, 7491
Norway

Peter Molnár

University of Stavanger ( email )

UiS Business School
Stavanger, 4036
Norway

Ingvild Wankel

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Høgskoleringen
Trondheim NO-7491, 7491
Norway

Bernt Arne Ødegaard (Contact Author)

University of Stavanger ( email )

UiS Business School
Stavanger, NO-4036
Norway

HOME PAGE: http://ba-odegaard.no

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