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Is "greenness" priced in the market? Evidence from green bond issuance in China

Deng, Zhiyao, Tang, Dragon Yongjun and Zhang, Yupu (2020) Is "greenness" priced in the market? Evidence from green bond issuance in China. Journal of Alternative Investments, 23 (1). pp. 57-70. ISSN 1520-3255

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Identification Number: 10.3905/jai.2020.1.097

Abstract

Green bonds are bonds with a defined use of proceeds toward mitigating and adapting to climate change and solving environmental problems. Although the green bond market has expanded rapidly in recent years and has attracted great investment attention, whether investors can identify greenwashing behaviors remains a primary concern. This article takes advantage of the unique feature of the Chinese green bond market that allows a proportion of the proceeds to be used for nongreen purposes. The authors find that greener bonds (more proceeds are used for green projects) are sold at a premium. This pricing differential is primarily driven by bonds with proceeds used 100% for green projects. The authors also show that green bonds verified by a third party have lower yield spreads and the effect is stronger for more reputable third parties. Overall, the results suggest that investors reward only fully green bonds and that investors can discern "greenwashing."

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 Pageant Media Ltd.
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2022 16:12
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 16:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/116032

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