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Berkan, Acar, Becchetti, Leonardo and Stefano, Manfredonia (2021) 'Media coverage, corporate social irresponsibility conduct, and financial analysts' performance.' Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 28 (5). pp. 1456-1470.

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We examine how financial analysts respond to public information about corporate social irresponsibility (CSI) conduct. Exploiting a novel dataset on environmental, social, and governance reputational risk rating based on media coverage and analyzing a sample of 667 public corporations over an 11-year period, we find that analysts' optimistic bias tends to grow in proportion to media coverage of CSI conduct. To deal with the endogeneity issue, we propose as instrumental variable, namely, the Euclidean distance from the Canadian border. The results are robust to the use of different measures of the independent and dependent variables as well as an alternative instrumental variable approach. We also show that over-optimistic bias is larger when information asymmetries are stronger. Our findings are in line with the rational over-optimistic behavior hypothesis and have important implications for market efficiency.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Strategy and Management, Development
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
ISSN: 15353966
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2022 13:02

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