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Thursday 10th September 2020

14:00 – 14:10 Opening Remarks
14:10 – 15:10 Session 1: Keynote Address
Chair Barbara CASU (Cass Business School)


Can Foreign Investment Facilitate Green Transition?

Beata JAVORCIK Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Professor of Economics, University of Oxford, and Director at CEPR.

15:10 – 15:20 Break
15:20 – 16.50 Session 2: Green Investments 
Chair Francesc RODRIGUEZ-TOUS (Cass Business School)
  Banking on the Environment? Financial Frictions and Green Investments

Ralph DE HAAS (EBRD, CEPR and Tilburg University), Ralf MARTIN (Imperial College Business School and CEP), Mirabelle MUULS (Imperial College Business School and CEP) and Helena SCHWEIGER (EBRD)

Discussant Vasso IOANNIDOU (Lancaster University)
  Carbon home bias of European investors

Martijn Adriaan BOERMANS (De Nederlandsche Bank), Rients GALEMA (Utrecht University School of Economic)

Discussant Zacharias SAUTNER (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)
16:50 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:30 Session 3: ESG and cultural norms
Chair Angela GALLO (Cass Business School)
  Do ESG strategies enhance bank stability during financial turmoil? Evidence from Europe

Laura CHIARAMONTE (University of Verona), Alberto DREASSI (University of Trieste), Claudia GIRARDONE (University of Essex) and Stefano PISERA’ (University of Udine and University of Essex)

Discussant Giovanni FERRI (Universita’ di Roma, LUMSA)
  Thou shalt not bear false witness against your customers: Cultural norms and the Volkswagen Scandal

Iftekhar HASAN (Fordham University), Felix NOTH (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)) and Lena TONZER (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH))

Discussant John O.S WILSON (University of St Andrew)

Friday 11th September 2020

14:00 – 16:10 Session 4: Climate change and financial markets
Chair Basma MAJERBI (Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria)
  Climate Change Concerns and Mortgage Lending

Tinghua DUAN (IESEG School of Management and LEM-CNR), Frank WEIKAI LI (Lee Kiong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University)

Discussant Quyen NGUYEN (University of Otago)



Feeling the Heat: Climate Risks and the Cost of Sovereign Borrowing

John BEIRNE (Asian Development Bank Institute), Nuobu RENZHI (Asian Development Bank Institute), Ulrich VOLZ (SOAS, University of London)

Discussant Benjamin GUIN (Bank of England)
  Coordinated Engagements

Elroy DIMSON (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge), Oğuzhan KARAKAŞ (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) and Xi LI (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Discussant Francisco URZUA (Cass Business School)
16:10 – 16:20 Break
16:20 – 17:50 Session 5: Shareholder Activism and Climate Risks
Chair Mikael HOMANEN (PRI and Cass Business School)
  Shareholder activism on climate change: Evolution, determinants and consequences

Ivan DIAZ-RAINEY (University of Otago), Paul A. GRIFFIN (University of California, Davis), David LONT (University of Otago), Antonio Jesús MATEO MÁRQUEZ (Universidad de Sevilla) and Constancio ZAMORA RAMÍREZ (Universidad de Sevilla)

Discussant Vikas MEHROTRA (University of Alberta School of Business)
  Physical Climate Change Risks and the Creditworthiness of Emerging Economies’ Sovereign Debt

Hannes BOEHM (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) TU Dresden)

Discussant Michael KING (Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria)
17:50 – 18:00 Break
18:00 – 19:00 Session 6: Public Panel Discussion


“Fostering a greener Europe. The role of institutions.”

Rym AYADI (Cass Business School)

Panelists Andrea BELTRAMELLO (European Commission)

Alyssa HEATH (Principles for Responsible Investment)

Misa TANAKA (Bank of England)

  Closing Remarks