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The effect of countries’ ESG ratings on their sovereign borrowing costs

Patricia Crifo, Marc-Arthur Diaye and Rim Oueghlissi

The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2017, vol. 66, issue C, 13-20

Abstract: We examine whether the extra-financial performance of countries on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors matters for sovereign bonds markets. Using a panel regression model over a data set with 23 OECD countries from 2007 to 2012, we show that ESG ratings significantly decrease government bond spreads.

Keywords: Extra-financial ratings; ESG performance; Government bond spreads (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G11 F34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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