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How bad is bad news?: Assessing the effects of environmental incidents on firm value
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
2009 (English)In: American Journal of Finance and Accounting, ISSN 1752-7767, Vol. 1, no 4, 376-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a formal model of how investments in corporate socialresponsibility act upon firm value through goodwill, we derive the hypothesisthat under uncertainty bad news are detrimental to goodwill, and subsequentlyhave a negative impact on value. We examine by event study methodologywhether bad news in the form of environmental (EV) incidents affect firmvalue negatively as measured by abnormal returns using a global data set. AnEV incident is a company incident allegedly in violation of international normson environmental issues. We analyse 142 EV incidents 2003–2006. The EVincidents are generally associated with loss of value, but which are notstatistically significant, except for incidents for firms in Europe. Furthermore,results indicate that firms with low goodwill capital (high EV risk rating) areassociated with relatively larger negative abnormal returns in case of an EV incident.

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Inderscience publishers , 2009. Vol. 1, no 4, 376-392 p.
Keyword [en]
abnormal returns, corporate social responsibility, event study, CSR investment, environmental incidents, firm value, uncertainty, bad news, goodwill
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31804DOI: 10.1504/AJFA.2009.031774OAI: diva2:295211
Available from: 2010-02-17 Created: 2010-02-17 Last updated: 2012-10-11Bibliographically approved

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