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The social dimension of firm performance: a data envelopment approach

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  • Robert G. Chambers

    (Maryland University
    University of Queensland)

  • Teresa Serra

    (University of Illinois)

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A data envelopment model is proposed to quantify the social dimension of firm performance. Corporate social responsibility activities are treated as netputs to production. Production of good outputs and unintended by-products are combined in the overall measurement of firm performance. Our model is illustrated using a sample of global firms and suggests strikingly low social performance levels.

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  • Robert G. Chambers & Teresa Serra, 2018. "The social dimension of firm performance: a data envelopment approach," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 54(1), pages 189-206, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:54:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s00181-016-1135-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-016-1135-z
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    Firm sustainability; Social performance; Environmental performance; Sales performance; Data envelopment analysis;
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    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • M2 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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