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Public Environmental Concern, CEO Turnover, and Green Investment: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in China

Gu, Yan and Ho, Kung-Cheng and Yan, Cheng and Gozgor, Giray (2021) 'Public Environmental Concern, CEO Turnover, and Green Investment: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in China.' Energy Economics, 100. ISSN 0140-9883

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Abstract

We investigate the impact of public environmental concern (PEC) on corporate green investments from the perspective of CEO turnover using the extreme event of PM 2.5 surge at the end of 2011 in China as a quasi-natural experiment. Compared with non-heavily polluting companies, the probability of CEO turnover in heavily polluting ones has significantly increased amid the surge of PEC. Heavily polluting companies ease the pressure by increasing green investment. In addition to the hard regulative measures such as environmental regulations, the PEC as a form of soft regulation also makes corporate management more focused on environmental responsibility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public environmental concern, ESG, CEO turnover, Smog, Extreme event
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Finance Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 10:15
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30545

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