Climate Risk Disclosure and Institutional Investors

Climate Risk Disclosure and Institutional Investors

Emirhan Ilhan, Philipp Krueger, Zacharias Sautner, Laura Starks

Series number :

Serial Number: 
661/2020

Date posted :

February 20 2020

Last revised :

July 08 2020
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Keywords

  • climate finance • 
  • climate risk disclosure • 
  • Transparency • 
  • institutional investors

Given ambiguity concerning the effects of disclosure on firm value and markets, we examine the question of whether investors value carbon risk disclosure. Through a survey and empirical tests, we conclude that many institutional investors consider climate risk reporting to be as important as financial reporting.

However, systematic variation exists in their opinions depending on firm characteristics, investor characteristics and investor beliefs about climate change. Our empirical tests show that greater institutional ownership, particularly investors from high social norm countries, is associated with a higher propensity of firms to voluntarily disclose their carbon emissions and to provide higher quality information.

Authors

Real name:
Emirhan Ilhan
Real name:
Philipp Krueger