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Institutional pressure, ultimate ownership, and corporate carbon reduction engagement: evidence from China

Wang, F., Sun, J. and Liu, Y. S. (2019) Institutional pressure, ultimate ownership, and corporate carbon reduction engagement: evidence from China. Journal of Business Research, 104. pp. 14-26. ISSN 0148-2963

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.07.003

Abstract/Summary

This paper investigates the relationship between institutional pressure and corporate carbon reduction engagement, as well as the moderating effect of ultimate ownership in China. Using a sample of 2511 firms listed on Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges over the period of 2014 and 2015, we find that institutional pressure arising from government evaluation has a positive influence on corporate carbon reduction engagement. Moreover, the positive effect is stronger for non-state-owned enterprises (NSOEs) than state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Subsequent analysis shows that carbon reduction engagement in NSOEs is positively associated with firms’ access to state-owned bank loans. We further observe that there is a momentum of carbon reduction engagement under institutional pressure. Our findings shed lights on how institutional pressure influences firms’ decision to engage in carbon reduction and the effectiveness of the carbon reduction policy in China.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:No
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:84194
Publisher:Elsevier

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