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Profiling socially responsible investors: Australian evidence

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  • Blanca Pérez-Gladish

    (Departamento de Economía Cuantitativa, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain)

  • Karen Benson
  • Robert Faff

    (UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

Abstract

With the aid of an online survey, the purpose of this study is to examine financial preferences; social, environmental and ethical concerns; and socio-demographic characteristics of Australian socially responsible (SR) investors. The study advances knowledge of SR investors’ profiles and their motivations when making investment decisions. Based on a sample of 145 investors, our findings suggest that SR investors seek financial return as well as non-financial benefits. Social conscience and social health issues, as opposed to environmental issues, are relevant to investors. Interestingly, investor risk tolerance is a relatively unimportant factor in the choice of SR investments. Finally, in terms of socio-demographics, SR investors tend to be middle-aged, be middle-income professionals and have tertiary qualifications.

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Article provided by Australian School of Business in its journal Australian Journal of Management.

Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 189-209

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Handle: RePEc:sae:ausman:v:37:y:2012:i:2:p:189-209

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Web page: http://www.agsm.edu.au

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Keywords: ethical investment; socially responsible investment (SRI); socially responsible investor’s profile;

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Cited by:
  1. Christoph Starke & Steffen Burchhardt, 2014. "Revealing the Preferences of Social Financiers," FEMM Working Papers 140002, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.

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