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The impact of a sustainability constraint on the mean-tracking error efficient frontier

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  • Boudt, Kris
  • Cornelissen, Jonathan
  • Croux, Christophe

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Most socially responsible investment funds combine a sustainability objective with a tracking error constraint. We characterize the impact of a sustainability constraint on the mean-tracking error efficient frontier and illustrate this on a universe of US stocks for the period 2003–2010.

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  • Boudt, Kris & Cornelissen, Jonathan & Croux, Christophe, 2013. "The impact of a sustainability constraint on the mean-tracking error efficient frontier," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(3), pages 255-260.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:119:y:2013:i:3:p:255-260
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.03.020
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    Keywords

    Mean-tracking error optimization; Portfolio optimization; Socially responsible investment; Sustainability;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General

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