Rethinking the Value and Emission Implications of Green Bonds

Sustainable investing implies that green assets entail low expected returns because (i) green investors relish holding them and (ii) such assets hedge climate risk by encouraging pro-environmental outcomes. In a new paper, we evaluate whether these predictions are supported by the data using a sample of green bonds. In the process, we investigate (i) whether green bonds are associated with significant returns for bondholders and equity investors, both at the time of issuance and after; and (ii) whether the carbon emissions of the issuers of green bonds fall post-issuance.

Green bonds represent a noteworthy asset class of their own. The … Read more