Sustainability Discount Rates

  • Yonghyup OhEmail author
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This chapter discusses capital that produces sustainability and how to find the rates to discount future sustainability cashflows of business. With sustainability cashflows, the return-risk profile of business would change, which would eventually modify the capital structure of the business and consequently its discount rates. It maintains the view that the discount rates are market-driven, and the transition to new discount rates will be slow and gradual.


Sustainability capital Sustainability discount rates Capital structure CAPM 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AntwerpAntwerpenBelgium

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