44 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2012 Last revised: 31 Mar 2015
Date Written: February 1, 2015
We document that corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) expenditures are not a form of corporate charity nor do they improve future financial performance. Rather, firms undertake CSR expenditures in the current period when they anticipate stronger future financial performance. We show that the causality of the positive association between CSR expenditures and future firm performance differs from what is claimed in the vast majority of the literature and that corporate accountability reporting is another channel through which outsiders may infer insiders’ private information about firms’ future financial prospects.
Keywords: Corporate Accountability Reporting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Voluntary Disclosure, Signaling
JEL Classification: M41, D82, G14, G30, G32, G34
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lys, Thomas Z. and Naughton, James P. and Wang, Clare, Signaling Through Corporate Accountability Reporting (February 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2143259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2143259
By Ray Ball