Is Climate Transition Risk Priced Into Corporate Credit Risk? Evidence From Credit Default Swaps
University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 509
37 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2023
Date Written: January 20, 2023
We study whether climate transition risk is reflected in the credit default swap (CDS) spreads of firms. Using the information on the vulnerability of a firm’s value to the transition to a low carbon economy, we construct a climate transition risk (CTR) factor, and document how this factor shifts the term structure of the CDS spreads of more vulnerable firms but not of less vulnerable firms. Considering the impact of different climate transition policies on the CTR factor, we find that they have asymmetric and significant economic impacts on the credit risk of more vulnerable firms and negligible effects on the remaining firms.
Keywords: Climate transition risk, CDS spreads, credit risk
JEL Classification: C24; G12; G32; Q54
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