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The Determinants of Virtue: Modelling Changes in the CSR Ratings of Chinese Firms

Shuangqi Wu (), Simon Appleton, Lina Song and Jinmin Wang ()
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Shuangqi Wu: University of Nottingham
Jinmin Wang: University of Nottingham

No 11153, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Most empirical studies on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) use cross-sectional data or case studies, making causality hard to establish. We overcome this limitation by using panel data on Chinese firms. We find no effect of last year's profits on CSR ratings, although their negative contemporaneous relation suggests a trade-off. Managerial shareholdings reduce CSR ratings while rising wages and employment are the main drivers of increasing CSR ratings. This suggests the CSR agenda aligns with the interests of labour, but not capital. However, the positive effect of Tobin's Q may indicate CSR is associated with intangibles of value to a firm.

Keywords: firms; corporate social responsibility; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-11
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