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Title: Climate change concerns and the performance of green versus brown stocks Authors:  David Ardia - HEC Montreal (Canada) [presenting]
Abstract: The aim is to empirically test the previous prediction that green firms outperform brown firms when concerns about climate change increase unexpectedly, using data for S\&P 500 companies from January 2010 to June 2018. To capture unexpected increases in climate change concerns, we construct a Media Climate Change Concerns index using news about climate change published by major U.S. newspapers. We find that when concerns about climate change increase unexpectedly, green firms stock prices increase, while brown firms decrease. Further, using topic modeling, we conclude that climate change concerns affect returns both through investors updating their expectations about firms future cash flows and through changes in investors preferences for sustainability.