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Corporate social responsibility, competition, and firm value

Kartick Gupta and Chandrasekhar Krishnamurti

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 2021, vol. 68, issue C

Abstract: In this paper, we examine whether corporate social responsibility (CSR) is value-enhancing in the presence of product market competition. Using a comprehensive sample of 22,527 firm-year observations from 62 countries, we find that the value-enhancing effect of CSR is prevalent in the non-competitive industries. We examine the channels through which firms earn positive benefits of CSR and document a strong positive link between firm profitability, productivity, total factor productivity, efficiency, and CSR in non-competitive industries. Our results withstand various robustness checks and endogeneity concerns.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Product market competition; Financial performance; Country-level determinants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2021.101622

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