AgPa #20: Performance of ESG Exclusions

The Expected Returns of ESG Excluded Stocks. The Case of Exclusions from Norway’s Oil Fund (2022)
Erika Berle, Wanwei (Angela) He, Bernt Arne Ødegaard
SSRN Working Paper, URL

This week’s AGNOSTIC Paper examines the ESG exclusions of a popular investor: the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, also known as the “oil fund”. Between 2005 and 2021, the fund excluded 189 companies that engage in different types of “bad” practices or products. These exclusions are interesting because they reveal insights about the impact of ESG for a large real-world institutional investor…

  • ESG-excluded stocks generated up to 6.85% alpha per year
  • There seems to be a return premium on “bad” stocks

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