Socially Responsible Investment in Japanese Pensions

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Henry Hongho Jin

University of New South Wales - Centre for Pensions and Superannuation

John Piggott

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Australian School of Business, School of Economics

Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: November 2005

Abstract

As the level of retirement-related assets has grown, so too has public and private interest in so-called Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), an investment strategy that employs criteria other than the usual financial risk and return factors when selecting firms in which to invest. This study evaluates whether SRI indexes would alter portfolio risk and return patterns for the new defined contribution pension plans currently on offer in Japan. We conclude that SRI funds can be included as an option, albeit with some cost; consequently, mandatory investment in SRI portfolios cannot reasonably be justified.

Suggested Citation

Jin, Henry Hongho and Piggott, John and Mitchell, Olivia S., Socially Responsible Investment in Japanese Pensions (November 2005). Pension Research Council Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887755 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.887755

Henry Hongho Jin (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales - Centre for Pensions and Superannuation ( email )

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John Piggott

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Australian School of Business, School of Economics ( email )

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Australia

Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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