CSR and cost of capital: Evidence from Japan

Megumi Suto, Hitoshi Takehara*


研究成果: Article査読

29 被引用数 (Scopus)


Purpose – This study aims to examine the link between corporate social performance (CSP) and the cost of capital of Japanese firms in 2008-2013, considering the influences of banking relationships and ownership structure. Design/methodology/approach – It examines the relation between CSP and the cost of capital in terms of the cost of debt, cost of equity and weighted average cost of capital, using a composite CSP measure based on stakeholder relationships. A regression model is adopted, controlling for bank dependency, ownership structure and firm-specific attributes. Findings – Institutional ownership influences the CSP– cost of equity relation and reduces the cost of equity, while CSP is perceived by debtors as not information-mitigating for the observed period. For 2008-2010, the relation between CSP and bank dependency increases the cost of debt; however, the positive influence of bank dependency on the cost of debt dilutes during 2010-2013 as the shift to a more market-oriented financial market in Japan occurs. Practical implications – Although bank borrowing is important, especially for small firms, non-financial disclosure makes external financing more flexible. Institutional investors concerned about the non-financial aspects of business, therefore, play an important role in mitigating the information asymmetry that exists in the capital market. Originality/value – This study extends research on the CSP– cost of capital link by considering structural changes in financial systems (e.g. capital market perception of CSP and banks as delegated monitors).

ジャーナルSocial Responsibility Journal
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 1月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • ビジネス、管理および会計一般
  • 社会科学(その他)


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