Corporate Goodness and Shareholder Wealth
62 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013 Last revised: 17 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 7, 2014
Using a unique data set, I study how stock markets react to positive and negative events concerned with a firm's corporate social responsibility (CSR). I show that investors respond strongly negatively to negative events and weakly negatively to positive events. I then show that investors do value "offsetting CSR", that is positive CSR news concerning firms with a history of poor stakeholder relations. In contrast, investors respond negatively to positive CSR news which is more likely to result from agency problems. Finally, I provide evidence that CSR news with stronger legal and economic information content generates a more pronounced investor reaction.
Keywords: Social and Environmental Responsibility, Shareholder Value, Event Study, Corporate Governance, Corporate Culture, Agency Costs, Corporate Sustainability
JEL Classification: M14, G14, G24, D21, L21
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