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Money at risk: climate change and performance of Canadian banking sector

Salah U-Din (Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada)
Mian Sajid Nazir (HEC Montreal, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada) (Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Aamer Shahzad (Department of Commerce, Punjab University Gujranwala Campus, Gujranwala, Pakistan)

Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences

ISSN: 1026-4116

Article publication date: 17 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

In the last few decades, the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events have increased in most parts of the world including Canada because of global warming. The global warming in Canada is about double the magnitude of global warming; therefore, policymakers are concerned about the potential significant impact of the weather catastrophes on the economy and financial sector. The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of weather catastrophes on the Canadian banking sector.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a sample of banking firms from Canada over the period 1988–2019, the present study estimates different econometric techniques to investigate the impact of weather catastrophes on the risk and performance of Canadian banks.

Findings

Analyses of the study do not find a significant impact of the weather catastrophes on the performance of the Canadian banks; however, it has helped banks to lower their risk level and improve stability due to proactive risk management. The findings of this study are not consistent with concerns of the policymakers about climate risk to the Canadian bank sector. More sector-specific research and policy initiatives are recommended to minimize the future financial risk of the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

Originality/value

The study contributes to support the notion that the climate risk of banks is protected with insurance and reconstruction activities provide more banking opportunities.

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Acknowledgements

Data availability statement: The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in Harvard Dataverse which is an open and free research data repository at https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/YZWQNC [Reference number 31]. The excel file of compiled data can also be provided if required.

Citation

U-Din, S., Nazir, M.S. and Shahzad, A. (2021), "Money at risk: climate change and performance of Canadian banking sector", Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEAS-02-2021-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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