Data from: Climate risks and market efficiency
datasetposted on 01.03.2021, 06:49 by Weikai LI
This is the accompanying data for Hong, H., Li, W., & Xu, J. (2018). Climate risks and market efficiency. Journal of Econometrics, 208 (1), 265-281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeconom.2018.09.015
Detailed dataset description can be found in the published paper.
Climate science finds that the trend towards higher global temperatures exacerbates the risks of droughts. We investigate whether the prices of food stocks efficiently discount these risks. Using data from thirty-one countries with publicly-traded food companies, we rank these countries each year based on their long-term trends toward droughts using the Palmer Drought Severity Index. A poor trend ranking for a country forecasts relatively poor profit growth for food companies in that country. It also forecasts relatively poor food stock returns in that country. This return predictability is consistent with food stock prices underreacting to climate change risks.