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Corporate Social Responsibility Investment And Social Objectives: An Examination On Social Welfare Investment Of Chinese State Owned Enterprises


  • Hong Bo
  • Tao Li
  • Linda A. Toolsema


We apply the theory of corporate social responsibility to analyse social welfare investment undertaken by Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). We present a simple theoretical model to illustrate how the presence of social objectives in the firm's objective function changes its investment behaviour. Our theoretical model accommodates special features of Chinese SOEs, whose social welfare investment is driven by both social objectives and profit concerns. The model is then tested using a panel of Chinese enterprises during the period 1995-1999. The empirical analysis indicates that despite of the corporatization reform social welfare investment undertaken by Chinese SOEs is still inefficient due to the lack of profit concerns, suggesting that social objectives still dominate profit concerns in motivating the SOEs' social welfare investment. However, we do obtain clear-cut evidence showing that social objectives become less important as time progresses. Copyright (c) 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Hong Bo & Tao Li & Linda A. Toolsema, 2009. "Corporate Social Responsibility Investment And Social Objectives: An Examination On Social Welfare Investment Of Chinese State Owned Enterprises," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 56(3), pages 267-295, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:56:y:2009:i:3:p:267-295

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    1. Davide Fiaschi & Elisa Giuliani & Federica Nieri, 2014. "Bric Companies Seeking Legitimacy Through Corporate Social Responsibility," Discussion Papers 2014/183, Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
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