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Corporate social responsibility, business group affiliation and shareholder wealth: evidence from an emerging market

Eswaran Velayutham (School of Commerce, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Vijayakumaran Ratnam (School of Commerce, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 17 May 2021

Issue publication date: 13 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and shareholder wealth arising from announcement returns of security issuance from a frontier market. It also explores the role of business group affiliation (BGA) on this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses short-term scenarios to examine the link between CSR and shareholder wealth using the event study methodology which helps us mitigate the reverse causality problems related to studies of the relationship between CSR and firm value. Abnormal returns surrounding the security issue announcements were generated using the market model.

Findings

This paper finds that security issuers with high CSR scores are associated with higher shareholder value. However, this paper finds that CSR activities of security issuers with BGA are value-destroying which is consistent with the agency perspective of CSR.

Research limitations/implications

This study is limited to only one nascent market, namely the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Originality/value

This study documents that CSR and BGA are important determinants, among others, of stock price reactions to security offerings in emerging markets.

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Citation

Velayutham, E. and Ratnam, V. (2022), "Corporate social responsibility, business group affiliation and shareholder wealth: evidence from an emerging market", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 723-743. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-08-2020-0337

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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