Competition Laws, Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility

41 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2020 Last revised: 28 Jun 2021

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Wenzhi Ding

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

Ross Levine

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Chen Lin

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

Wensi Xie

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - CUHK Business School

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Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

Theory offers differing perspectives and predictions about the impact of product market competition on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Using firm-level data on CSR from 2002 through 2015 and panel data on competition laws in 48 countries, we discover that intensifying competition induces firms to increase CSR activities. Analyses indicate that (a) intensifying competition spurs firms to invest more in CSR as a strategy for strengthening relationships with workers, suppliers, and customers and (b) the competition-CSR effect is stronger in economies where social norms prioritize CSR-type activities, e.g., treating others fairly, satisfying implicit agreements, protecting the environment, etc.

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Suggested Citation

Ding, Wenzhi and Levine, Ross Eric and Lin, Chen and Xie, Wensi, Competition Laws, Norms and Corporate Social Responsibility (July 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w27493, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3674296

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Ross Eric Levine

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Chen Lin

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Wensi Xie

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - CUHK Business School ( email )

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