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Investors are unwilling to pay for corporate social responsibility activities: Evidence from India’s Companies Act 2013


  • Parinduri, Rasyad
  • Paul, Saumik


We examine the effects of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities on the values of firms. Using a non-parametric regression discontinuity design, exploiting a natural experiment induced by India’s Companies Act 2013, we find investors devalue the stocks of firms that do CSR activities by 2-5%, which suggests investors are unwilling to pay for CSR activities.

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  • Parinduri, Rasyad & Paul, Saumik, 2015. "Investors are unwilling to pay for corporate social responsibility activities: Evidence from India’s Companies Act 2013," MPRA Paper 61360, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:61360

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    corporate social responsibility; firm objectives; firm values;
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    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility

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