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Corporate social responsibility in market liberalization: Evidence from Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect

Liuyong Yang, Beibei Wang and Deming Luo

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 2022, vol. 77, issue C

Abstract: This paper examines how stock market liberalization affects corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance. Using the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHSC) Program as a quasi-natural experiment, which allows a subgroup of stocks to be traded in two markets, we find that stock market liberalization encourages CSR performance in mainland China and that this effect is more pronounced for firms that can benefit more from the program, including those with long-term eligibility for dual-market transactions or those subject to less institutional pressures. Further evidence suggests that the relaxation of financial constraints, improved corporate governance and enhanced corporate reputation may be three plausible channels through which stock market liberalization improves CSR. Overall, through our unique setting, we provide new insights into the real effects of stock market liberalization on firms’ CSR performance.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Capital market liberalization; Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2022.101519

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