An Empirical Analysis of the Strategic Use of Corporate Social Responsibility

20 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2007

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Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University-School of Public Affairs

Donald F. Vitaliano

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Recent theories of the strategic use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) emphasize the role of information asymmetry and how CSR is likely to be incorporated into a firm's product differentiation strategy. A key empirical implication of these theories is that firms selling experience or credence goods are more likely to be socially responsible than firms selling search goods. Using firm-level data, we report evidence that is consistent with this hypothesis.

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Siegel, Donald S. and Vitaliano, Donald F., An Empirical Analysis of the Strategic Use of Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 773-792, Fall 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1003297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-9134.2007.00157.x

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