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Econ Webinar by Suphi Şen (Özyeğin University)19-11-2020

ECON WEBINAR

 

Carbon taxes and stranded assets: Evidence from Washington state

 

by

  

SUPHİ ŞEN

(ÖZYEĞİN UNIVERSITY)

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

11.45-13.00

https://sabanciuniv.zoom.us/j/98832517138

 

Abstract: The climate challenge requires ambitious climate policy. If investors are not aligned with long-term climate goals, a sudden increase in carbon prices may lead some assets to lose part of their value, others all of it, and hence become “stranded”. If the markets are not ready to absorb the shock, a financial crisis could follow. We analyze the rejection of two carbon tax initiatives in Washington state and find that these modest policy proposals caused substantial readjustments in the stock market, especially for carbon-intensive stocks. The effects that we identify are of similar magnitude than simulations of complete asset stranding. Our findings reinforce concerns about “stranded assets” and the risk of financial contagion and support the inclusion of transition risks in macroprudential policymaking.