How Risky Are the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Stocks? Evidence from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) Companies

Janusz Brzeszczyński*, Jerzy Gajdka, Tomasz Schabek

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Abstract

We evaluate the risk of the socially responsible investment (SRI) stocks from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) markets. Our analysis covers the data from the first and oldest national sustainability stock market index introduced in the CEE countries, i.e. the RESPECT index listed at the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) in Poland, which was launched in 2009. The RESPECT index stocks are compared with other CEE stocks belonging to the CECE SRI index from the broader CEE region listed at the Vienna Stock Exchange (VSE). The beta coefficients and other risk measures evidence that the SRI stocks in Poland, which were constituents of the RESPECT index, have been characterised by relatively lower risk than the broader market and by better risk-adjusted performance. They also exhibited an asymmetric risk behavior patterns. In comparison, the CECE SRI index stocks were also characterised by lower risk than the market, asymmetric risk effects and superior risk-adjusted performance. Overall, we conclude that the investigated SRI companies from the CEE countries are less risky relative to the broader market, but their behavior exhibits clearly asymmetric risk patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101939
Number of pages10
JournalFinance Research Letters
Volume42
Early online date20 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

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