Does Managerial Ability Matter for Corporate Climate Change Disclosures?

Forthcoming, Corporate Governance: An International Review, https://doi.org/10.1111/corg.12436

51 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2022

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Hussein Daradkeh

University of Southern Queensland

Syed Shams

University of Southern Queensland

Sudipta Bose

Discipline of Accounting and Finance, Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Abey Gunasekarage

Monash University; Monash University

Date Written: February 19, 2022

Abstract

This study examines the association between managerial ability and the extent of firm-level climate change disclosures, and the moderating role of corporate governance in this association. Results based on a sample of 2,298 firm-year observations from the United States (US) from 2005–2019 suggest that firms with more capable managers tend to make more climate change disclosures. This significant positive association is weakened when firms suffer from weak corporate governance. These findings remain robust after addressing omitted time-invariant variable bias, observable heterogeneity bias, sample selection bias and reverse causality, and when using alternative climate change disclosure proxies. Further analysis shows that climate change disclosures have a mediating role in the association between managerial ability and firm valuation. Given the growing importance of integrating climate change-related information into a firm’s operations and the pressure exerted by various stakeholders, understanding the drivers of climate change disclosures has emerged as an important area of research in the accounting and finance literature. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to examine any link between managerial ability and climate change disclosures. Considering the recent pressure imposed on companies by regulatory authorities for more climate change disclosures, our study’s findings have important implications for regulators, policy makers, investors, financial analysts, researchers and firms.

Keywords: Climate change disclosures; Managerial ability; Governance; Firm value

JEL Classification: G34, M14, M40, M41

Suggested Citation

Daradkeh, Hussein and Shams, Syed and Bose, Sudipta and Gunasekarage, Abeyratna, Does Managerial Ability Matter for Corporate Climate Change Disclosures? (February 19, 2022). Forthcoming, Corporate Governance: An International Review, https://doi.org/10.1111/corg.12436, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4038775

Hussein Daradkeh

University of Southern Queensland ( email )

P.O.Box 238 Darling Heights
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Australia

Syed Shams

University of Southern Queensland

P.O.Box 238 Darling Heights
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Australia

Sudipta Bose (Contact Author)

Discipline of Accounting and Finance, Newcastle Business School, The University of Newcastle, Australia ( email )

Sydney
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/sudipta-bose

Abeyratna Gunasekarage

Monash University ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Monash University ( email )

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Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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