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Valuations and Decisions of Investing in Corporate Social Responsibility: A Real Options Viewpoint

Kuo-Jung Lee ()
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Kuo-Jung Lee: Department of Commerce Automation and Management, National Pingtung University, 51, Minsheng E. Rd., Pingtung City 90004, Taiwan

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 10, 1-14

Abstract: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) implementation could raise corporate reputations and benefit long-term development. Studying the effects of CRS on corporate valuation is essential. However, studies on the valuation of CSR are limited, particularly studies involving a dynamic model for valuing CSR. This study applies a real options approach to derive the company valuation of CSR investments, CSR options value, and the optimal timing for implementing CSR. This study elucidates the value of CSR and the decision to invest in CSR. Specifically, the value of CSR options facilitates determining whether to invest in CSR, and the optimal threshold for implementing CSR indicates explicitly when to invest in CSR. In addition, numerical analyses and results are demonstrated to verify the established model. This is the first and novel attempt to consider the valuation model and optimal strategies of CSR investments using the methods of real options.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; real options; company valuation; investment timing; optimal decisions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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