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ESG or impact? Researchpost #123

ESG or impact: 15x new research on (social) housing, AI lawyers, DWS, climate models, divestments, sustainability loans and greenium, green fees, ESG ratings, ESG labels, Article 9 funds, fiduciary duty and suppliers by Marco Wilkens, Maximilian Görgen, Martin Rohleder, Daniel Engler, Gunnar Gutsche, Paul Smeets, Mauricio Vargas, Marie Kuhn and many more

Ecological and social research

Housing risks: European Housing Markets at a Turning Point – Risks, Household and Bank Vulnerabilities, and Policy Options by Laura Valderrama, Patrik Gorse, Marina Marinkov, and Petia Topalova as of April 5th, 2023 (#6): „European housing markets are at a turning point as the cost-of-living crisis has eroded real incomes and the surge in interest rates has made borrowers more vulnerable to financial distress. … Under the baseline IMF macroeconomic forecast, the share of households that could struggle to meet basic expenses could rise by 10 pps reaching a third of all households by end 2023. Under an adverse scenario, 45 percent of households could be financially stretched, representing over 40 percent of mortgage debt and 45 percent of consumer debt. The impact on the banking sector seems contained under the baseline forecast, though there are pockets of vulnerability. … Fiscal measures, such as subsidies to the bottom income tercile, could save 7 percent of households from financial distress at an estimated cost of 0.8 percent of GDP” (abstract).

Social housing: The Global Housing Affordability Crisis: Policy Options and Strategies by Albert Saiz as of March 29th, 2023 (#320): “… I described the basic parameters and foundations behind global affordable housing policies and strategies. I also provided several case studies that inform the discussion. At least thirty different economic strategies can be combined to conform a large field of potential interventions” (p. 39). My comment see Wohnteilen: Viel Wohnraum-Impact mit wenig Aufwand – (

AI lawyer: GPT-4 Passes the Bar Exam by Daniel Martin Katz, Michael James Bommarito, Shang Gao, and Pablo David Arredondo as of March 20th, 2023 (#3225): “The exam, which includes both multiple-choice and open-ended tasks testing theoretical knowledge and practical lawyering, has long been viewed as an insurmountable summit for even domain-specific models. This assumption no longer holds; large language models can meet the standard applied to human lawyers in nearly all jurisdictions in the United States by tackling complex tasks requiring deep legal knowledge, reading comprehension, and writing ability“ (p. 10).

Kein Vorbild: DWS: Hohe Boni durch Greenwashing von Mauricio Vargas und Marie Kuhn von Greenpeace vom 15. März 2022: „ … DWS-CEO unter Berücksichtigung der Unternehmensgröße mit Abstand Deutschlands bestbezahlter Manager eines börsennotierten Unternehmens … Im Vergütungsbericht 2021 ist die problematische Zielgröße des „ESG-spezifisch verwalteten“ Vermögens aus den Leistungszielen für den CEO verschwunden. Allerdings wurde auch der überarbeitete Katalog der Nachhaltigkeitsziele auf weitgehend wirkungslose Pseudo-Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren reduziert“ (p. 4). My comment: My engagement focuses on CEO pay ratio see Shareholder engagement: 21 science based theses and an action plan – (

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