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Risk-return of Belgian SRI funds

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  • Van Liedekerke, Luc

    () (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

  • De Moor, Lieven

    () (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium)

  • Vanwalleghem, Dieter

    () (University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom)

Abstract

We analyse the risk-return profile of Belgian SRI funds versus conventional investment funds. We apply a four-factor conditional Carhart model to establish whether there are significant differences in risk-return profile between an SRI portfolio and a conventional portfolio and test for learning effects in SRI funds. We show that there is no difference in risk-return profile between SRI and conventional funds. If return is not the problem, then what is it that limits the development of an SRI retail market in Belgium? We conclude with a short digression on this question.

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  • Van Liedekerke, Luc & De Moor, Lieven & Vanwalleghem, Dieter, 2007. "Risk-return of Belgian SRI funds," Working Papers 2007/04, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:200704
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    1. Sebastian Rathner, 2013. "The Influence of Primary Study Characteristics on the Performance Differential Between Socially Responsible and Conventional Investment Funds: A Meta-Analysis," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 118(2), pages 349-363, December.

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    Keywords

    SRI investment funds; risk-return analysis; Markowitz versus Moskowitz puzzle;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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