Annual Conference

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Accounting

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May 2022

We conducted a field experiment by providing knowledge about the pricing implications of accounting accruals to investors in randomized stock groups via social media platforms in both China and the U.S. Treatment stocks experience a reduction in accrual mispricing relative to control stocks, and thi...
Keywords: Financial knowledge, accrual mispricing, investor education, field experiment, social media
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Sustainable and Green Finance

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May 2022

Even against increasing interest in socially responsible investing mandates, we find that implementing ESG strategies can cost nothing. Modifying optimal portfolio weights to achieve an ESG-investing tilt negligibly affects portfolio performance across a broad range of ESG measures and thresholds. T...
Keywords: ESG, IPCA, tangency portfolio, portfolio tilt, responsible investing, sustainable investing
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Annual Conference

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Sustainable and Green Finance

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May 2022

Using location- and time-specific fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) data in Beijing, we document that regulators are more likely to approve IPOs in China on hazy days. Our results are robust to specifications that control for listing firms’ characteristics, the composition of the IPO revie...
Keywords: Air Pollution, IPO, Regulatory Oversight, China, Cognitive Ability, Mood
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Annual Conference

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Sustainable and Green Finance, Senior Fellows/Fellows

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May 2022

We evaluate the impact of the 2008 Apex Oil court decision that made the creditors of some corporations financially liable for the environmental damages caused by specific pollutants. Apex reduced the circumstances under which environmental liabilities were dischargeable in Chapter 11, which generat...
Keywords: environmental liabilities, pollution, creditors, bankruptcy.
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Annual Conference

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Sustainable and Green Finance

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May 2022

We propose a strategic theory of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Shareholder maximizers commit to a mission statement that extends beyond firm value maximization. This commitment leads firms to change their actions in ways that ultimately favor shareholders. We thus provide a formal analysis ...
Keywords: Leadership, corporate social responsibility, shareholder model, stakeholder model, externalities, mi
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