Gollier, Christian and Pouget, Sébastien (2022) Investment strategies and corporate behaviour with socially responsible Investors : a theory of active ownership. Economica, vol. 89 (n° 356). pp. 997-1023.

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Identification Number : 10.1111/ecca.12436


Socially responsible investors constitute an important force in today’s global financial markets. This paper examines conditions under which socially responsible investors induce companies to behave responsibly. We develop an asset pricing model in which some shareholders are active owners, that is, they engage companies by voting on strategic decisions. Differences of objective among shareholders arise because socially responsible investors value corporate externalities. In our baseline model, we show that a firm may choose a responsible strategy even if the majority of investors are not responsible. We also demonstrate that such a choice of a responsible strategy might be fragile because it might depend on investors’ self-fulfilling beliefs. We then extend our baseline model to analyse the link between divestment and engagement strategies, the case with multiple firms, the role of benefit corporation charters, and the impact of a large investor.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: October 2022
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asset pricing, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investments, corporate engagement, shareholder activism
JEL Classification: G34 - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
H23 - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2023 14:37
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2023 13:32
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:127831
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/46781
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