Environmental regulation, corporate environmental disclosure, and firm performance: Evidence from China

Jianlei Liu, Konari Uchida*, Chenyu Bao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Using 1,347 Chinese A-share-listed manufacturing firms from 2012 to 2018, we find the New Environmental Protection Law significantly strengthens the relationship between environmental disclosure quality and firms' financial performance. The regulation effect was particularly pronounced during the period of the massive crackdown on environmental violations, while heavily polluting industries showed a significant regulation effect immediately after the implementation of the new law. Non-state-owned enterprises in the eastern region show the strongest regulation effects. These results suggest environmental disclosure following the implementation of stringent environmental regulations has positively influenced firms' financial performance, especially when these regulations have been effectively enforced.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102367
JournalPacific Basin Finance Journal
Volume85
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Jun

Keywords

  • Corporate financial performance
  • Cost of equity capital
  • Enforcement
  • Environmental information disclosure
  • Environmental regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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