Alternative Thinking

Responsible Asset Selection: ESG in Portfolio Decisions

We discuss how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations may be incorporated in a portfolio and how they may affect risk and return outcomes.

Working Paper

Responsible Investing: The ESG-Efficient Frontier

Combining several large data sets, we compute the empirical ESG-efficient frontier and show the costs and benefits of responsible investing.

Working Paper

Hedging Climate Change News

We propose and implement a procedure to dynamically hedge climate change risk and discuss multiple directions for future research on financial approaches to managing climate risk.

White Paper

Clearing the Air: Responsible Investment

What is ESG? AQR and the UN PRI collaborated to propose a framework of the approaches and terms necessary to have an informed discussion and investment policy on responsible investment, grounded in both responsible asset selection and responsible ownership.

Trade Publication

Hit 'Em Where It Hurts, ESG Investing 2.0

We suggest a new approach to ESG investing that we believe may be more effective in making negative investor views known to management — while at the same time potentially improving portfolio expected returns.

Podcast

ESG: The Good, the Bad, and the Fuzzy

Is “doing good” good, bad or neutral for an investor’s portfolio? Three experts explain how they approach ESG investing, or the consideration of environmental, social, and governance issues.

Perspective

Virtue Is its Own Reward: Or, One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor

We examine negative screening in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing, often promoted as virtuous because it avoids “sin stocks” and other assets deemed undesirable. But does it also enhance expected returns?

Perspective

Killed This but Forgot to Stuff Garlic in its Mouth

Cliff takes issue with a Wall Street Journal editorial that argues not to expense stock options for employees making less than $100,000 a year.

Journal Article

Assessing Risk through Environmental, Social and Governance Exposures

ESG investing may have a role in portfolios that extends beyond ethical considerations, particularly for investors interested in tilting toward safer stocks, and in a way that complements what is captured by traditional statistical risk models.

Perspective

Shareholder Value Is Undervalued

Some argue that maximizing shareholder value is a bad idea, but we think critics are attacking it for ancillary reasons. When defined properly, we believe maximizing shareholder value can indeed be a very good idea.