Working Papers present research work by both Danmarks Nationalbank’s employees and our partners. Working Papers are primarily targeted at professionals and people with an interest in central banking research as well as economics and finance in a broader sense.

Rich and Responsible: Is ESG a Luxury Good?

We study whether investors perceive responsible investments (i.e., investments in assets with environmental or social benefits) as luxury goods. We look at windfall wealth due to inheritance from parental death to obtain plausibly exogenous variations in wealth. We show that windfall wealth increases the likelihood of holding responsible mutual funds and green stocks. Our findings indicate that both supply factors (e.g., bank advice) and demand factors (e.g., preferences) play a role in shaping allocations to responsible investments. Notably, beneficiaries with a history of charitable donations exhibit a stronger response, emphasising the influence of a 'warm glow' effect on portfolio compilation.