Disaster Resilience and Asset Prices

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science

Description

Using the pandemic as a laboratory, we show that asset markets assign a time-varying price to firms' disaster risk exposure. In 2020 the cross-section of realized and expected stock returns reflected firms' different exposure to the pandemic, as measured by their vulnerability to social distancing. Realized and expected return differentials initially widened and then narrowed, but disaster exposure still commanded a risk premium in December 2020. When inferred from market outcomes, resilience correlates not only with social distancing, but also with cash and environmental ratings. However, vulnerability to social distancing is the only characteristic that identifies persistently scarred firms.
Period26 Aug 2021
Event titleEuropean Finance Association - 48th Annual Meeting
Event typeUnknown
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502009 Corporate finance