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Corporate social responsibility, profits and welfare with managerial firms

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  • Luciano Fanti

    (University of Pisa)

  • Domenico Buccella

    (Kozminski University)

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This paper analyses the equilibrium outcomes in a duopoly market where firms follow corporate social responsibility (CSR) behaviours under managerial delegation. It is shown that in the subgame perfect Nash equilibrium of the game, both firms emerge as CSR-type, and the firms’ profitability (resp. the welfare of consumers and society) are beneficiated (resp. harmed) by the CSR behaviour. This result is in sharp contrast with the conventional result (established under non-managerial firms) that the higher the CSR sensitivity to consumer surplus, the lower (resp. higher) the firms’ profitability (resp. the consumer surplus and social welfare).

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  • Luciano Fanti & Domenico Buccella, 2017. "Corporate social responsibility, profits and welfare with managerial firms," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 64(4), pages 341-356, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:64:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s12232-017-0276-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s12232-017-0276-5
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    Keywords

    CSR; Managerial delegation; Duopoly; Profitability; Social welfare;
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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility

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