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Event Registration - Distinguished Lecture Series: ESG Confusion and Stock Returns: Tackling the Problem of Noise and Divergence in ESG Measures

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Distinguished Lecture Series: ESG Confusion and Stock Returns: Tackling the Problem of Noise and Divergence in ESG Measures

In his lecture, “ESG Confusion and Stock Returns: Tackling the Problem of Noise and Divergence in ESG Measures,” Professor Rigobon will explore the challenges of using ESG ratings in the construction of portfolios and the estimation of returns. The discussion will begin with an examination of the discrepancies that exist in measurement, how they can be interpreted as a problem of noise, and how rating agencies can help resolve said noise. The presentation will conclude with an explanation of how returns may be better computed, and considers how this method can be used to construct more robust portfolios.

CFA Society Boston and New Frontier Institute are proud to present a Distinguished Lecture Series of highly topical presentations by widely acknowledged authorities on issues of particular interest to asset management practitioners. The Series consists of four monthly lectures beginning in February and ending in May 2021. The presentations include an analysis of the pension fund management crisis, the surprising long-term performance of equities, defining ESG for asset management, and the latest research in cryptocurrencies.   

Speaker Bio

Roberto Rigobon
is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA. Roberto is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation.  He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats. Roberto joined the business school in 1997 and has won both the "Teacher of the Year" award and the "Excellence in Teaching" award at MIT three times. He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.

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Professional Learning Credits
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