The Effects of Corporate Social Performance on the Cost of Corporate Debt and Credit Ratings
27 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014
Date Written: February 2014
This study investigates the differential impact that various dimensions of corporate social performance have on the pricing of corporate debt as well as the assessment of the credit quality of specific bond issues. The empirical analysis, based on an extensive longitudinal data set, suggests that overall, good performance is rewarded and corporate social transgressions are penalized through lower and higher corporate bond yield spreads, respectively. Similar conclusions can be drawn when focusing on either the bond rating assigned to a specific debt issue or the probability of it being considered to be an asset of speculative grade.
Keywords: corporate social responsibility, CSP, socially responsible investing, credit ratings, cost of debt, credit spreads, corporate bonds
JEL Classification: C33, G32, M14
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