PRI Academic Network Week

The PRI Academic Network Week was hosted across five days between 13-17 September 2021.

The event brought together the latest high-quality evidence and insights in responsible investment practices in an accessible way and aimed to bridge the gap between academic researchers and investors.

The findings were presented by their authors and discussed by investment practitioners and academics to offer feedback, to understand the work in the context of the literature and in relation to real world practice.

The event offered a unique opportunity for academics and investors to engage with each other, learn and discuss the latest insights. To find out more about the PRI’s Academic Research programme and access past event papers, blogs and podcasts visit our website here.

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Current time zone: PDT

ESG and Impact Investing

13:00 - 13:10

Opening remarks

Session chair: Pedro Matos (University of Virginia)

Pedro Matos
13:10 - 13:55

Paper 10: Who cares wins: cultural values and the rise of responsible investing across the world

Authors: Jędrzej Białkowski (University of Canterbury), Laura Starks (University of Texas at Austin), Moritz Wagner (University of Canterbury)

Academic Discussant: Ane Tamayo (London School of Economics)
Practitioner Discussant: Steve Lydenberg (TIIP)

Steve Lydenberg, CFALaura StarksAne Tamayo
13:55 - 14:40

Paper 11: On ESG investing: heterogeneous preferences, information, and asset prices

Authors: Itay Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania), Alexandr Kopytov (University of Hong Kong), Lin Shen (INSEAD), Haotian Xiang (Peking University)

Academic Discussant: Jean-Charles Rochet (University of Geneva)
Practitioner Discussant: Marie Brière (Amundi Asset Manager)

Marie BrièreItay GoldsteinJean-Charles Rochet
14:40 - 15:25

Paper 12: The risk and return of impact investing funds

Authors: Jessica Jeffers (University of Chicago), Tianshu Lyu (Yale University), Kelly Posenau (University of Chicago)

Academic Discussant: Shaun Davies (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Practitioner Discussant: Peter Dunbar (PRI)

Shaun DaviesPeter DunbarTianshu Lyu
15:25 - 15:50


Moderator: Pedro Matos (University of Virginia)

Pedro Matos
15:50 - 16:00

Closing remarks

Session chair: Pedro Matos (University of Virginia)

Pedro Matos

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