Sustainable Finance Research Seminar

The sustainable finance research seminar is a place where thought-provoking working papers on the topic of sustainable finance are presented and discussed. In fall 2021, the seminar contains a mix of theoretical and empirical papers by both senior and junior scholars. Key themes include the impact of sustainable finance on the real economy, the implications of climate risks, and investor preferences for sustainability.


By passing an oral exam during the exam session, doctoral students earn 3 ECTS. The seminar can be found in the course catalogue of the University of Zurich as DOEC0912.

You can find previous seminar programs here.

Based on our last year's experience and the current uncertainties in on-site planning due to the pandemic situation, we are orgnaising the seminar again in an online format on Thursdays at 4.15pm Zurich time.

Seminar Program

Date Speaker Title
23.09.2021 No Seminar -

Frank Weikai Li,

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Tinghua Duan,

IESEG School of Management,
Quan Wen,

Georgetown University

Is Carbon Risk Priced in the Cross Section of Corporate
Bond Returns?




Alexander Cheema-Fox,

State Street Associates,

Hui (Stacie) Wang,

State Street Associates,

George Serafeim,

Harvard Business School

Climate Change Vulnerability and Currency Returns




Jonathan Harris,

EDHEC Business School

Investing for Impact in General Equilibrium


Additional Paper:

A framework for investing with altruism




Toan Luu Duc Huynh,

WHU, IPAG Business School,

University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Khanh Hoang

National Economics University, Vietnam; Lincoln University, New Zealand

Cuong Nguyen

Lincoln University, New Zealand
Hailiang Zhang

Kunming University of Science and Technology, China

Going green when you are pinned: Do climate action plans work? Evidence from Chinese firms (PDF, 1 MB)




Silvia Dalla Fontana,

Università della Svizzera italiana

Venture Capital financing of Green Innovations (PDF, 1 MB)




Lars Hornuf,

University of Bremen,

Christoph Siemroth,

University of Essex

 Do Retail Investors Value Environmental Impact?
A Lab-in-The-Field Experiment with Crowdfunders




Lucian Taylor,

University of Pennsylvania,

Lubos Pastor,

University of Chicago,

Robert F. Stambaugh,

University of Pennsylvania

Dissecting Green Returns




Paul Smeets,

Maastricht University,

Marten Laudi,

Maastricht University,

Utz Weitzel,

VU University Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute, Radboud University

Do Financial Advisors Exploit
Responsible Investment Preferences?




Aleksandra Rzeźnik,
Schulich School of Business,
York University,

Kathleen Weiss Hanley,

Lehigh University - College of Business,
Loriana Pellizon

Goethe University Frankfurt

The Salience of ESG Ratings for Stock Pricing: Evidence From (Potentially) Confused Investors


Adityavardhan Paranjape

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Mrinal Mishra

University of Zurich

Different Shades of "Green'': Using Natural Language Processing to Estimate Green Bond Premium

Abraham Lioui,

EDHEC Business School

Chasing the ESG Factor

Jonathan B. Berk,

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Jules H. van Binsbergen,

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

The Impact of Impact Investing