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Corporate social responsibility and the pollution haven hypothesis: evidence from multinationals' investment decision in China

Maoliang Bu (), Zhibiao Liu, Marcus Wagner () and Xiaohua Yu ()

Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting & Economics, 2013, vol. 20, issue 1, 85-99

Abstract: This paper tests the pollution haven hypothesis by examining the relationship between environmental regulation and foreign investment with consideration of the role of corporate social responsibility, which has so far been neglected. Using multinationals' investment data from China, our results in general support the pollution haven hypothesis that less stringent environmental regulation is more attractive for multinationals to invest in China, but high social responsibility can counteract attractiveness of weak environmental regulation.

Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1080/16081625.2013.759175

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