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Does Corporate Social Responsibility Pay?

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  • Laura Poddi

    (University or Brescia)

  • Sergio Vergalli

    (University of Brescia, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

Abstract

Our work would like to discover whether certain performance indicators are affected by a firm’s social responsible behaviour and their certifications by looking at panel data. The novelty of our analysis is due to its dynamic aspect and from a CSR index that intersects two of the three main international indices (Domini 400 Social Index, Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, FTSE4Good Index), to be objective and obtain a representative sample. The main results seem to support the idea that CSR firms which are more virtuous, have better long run performance. They have some initial costs but obtain higher sales and profits due to several causes reputation effect, a reduction of long run costs and increased social responsible demand.

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  • Laura Poddi & Sergio Vergalli, 2012. "Does Corporate Social Responsibility Pay?," Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femre3:2012.02-02
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    Keywords

    Corporate Social Responsibility; Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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