Commitment to Social Good and Insider Trading
58 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2012 Last revised: 10 Dec 2018
Date Written: March 2014
A firm’s investment in corporate social responsibility (CSR) builds a positive image of caring for social good and imposes additional costs on executives’ informed trading, which is widely perceived self-serving. We thus expect executives of CSR-conscious firms to be more likely to refrain from informed trading. We find that executives of CSR-conscious firms profit significantly less from insider trades and are less likely to trade prior to future news than executives of non-CSR-conscious firms. The negative association between CSR and insider trading profits is more pronounced when executives’ personal interests are more aligned with the interests of the firm.
Keywords: corporate social responsibility, insider trading
JEL Classification: M14, G10
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