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Green and Competitive? Evidence from the Stock Market


  • Arora, Seema

    (Stanford U and Vanderbilt U)


While public benefits of environmentally friendly practices are well understood, there is anecdotal evidence that suggests that firms that follow such practices also receive private benefits. The paper investigates the effect of pollution prevention activity in creating private value for the firm. Our sample consists of 635 publicly traded companies for which we have pollution related and financial data. Using event study methodology, we examine the announcement effects accompanying the Toxics Release Inventory report or the firms in our sample. Our analysis provides some evidence that firms that fail to undertake environmental improvements see a decline in their market value.

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  • Arora, Seema, 2000. "Green and Competitive? Evidence from the Stock Market," Research Papers 1650, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:stabus:1650

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