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The Environmental and Macroeconomic Effects of Socially Responsible Investment

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  • Lammertjan Dam
  • Ben J. Heijdra

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We analyze the effects of socially responsible investment and public abatement on environmental quality and the economy in a continuous-time dynamic growth model featuring optimizing households and firms. Environmental quality is modelled as a renewable resource. Consumers can invest in government bonds or firm equity. Since investors feel partly responsible for environmental pollution when holding firm equity, they require a premium on the return to equity. We show that socially responsible investment behaviour by households partially offsets the positive effects on environmental quality of public abatement policies.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2349.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2349

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Keywords: socially responsible investment; economic growth; environmental economics; resource dynamics; stock market;

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  1. Dam, Lammertjan, 2011. "Socially responsible investment in an environmental overlapping generations model," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 1015-1027.
  2. Ferreira-Lopes, Alexandra & Roseta-Palma, Catarina & Sequeira, Tiago Neves, 2012. "When sociable workers pay off: Can firms internalize social capital externalities?," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 127-136.

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