George Serafeim

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In this paper, we investigate whether superior performance on corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies leads to better access to finance. We hypothesize that better access to finance can be attributed to a) reduced agency costs due to enhanced stakeholder engagement and b) reduced informational asymmetry due to increased transparency. Using a large(More)
The paper examines the effects of mandatory International Financial Reporting Standards (‘IFRS’) reporting on a firms’ information environment, specifically on analysts forecast accuracy, following, disagreement and volatility of revisions. We investigate not only those firms that mandatorily adopted IFRS, but also include those firms that voluntarily(More)
We investigate the effect of corporate sustainability on organizational processes and performance. Using a matched sample of 180 US companies, we find that corporations that voluntarily adopted sustainability policies by 1993 – termed as High Sustainability companies – exhibit by 2009, distinct organizational processes compared to a matched sample of firms(More)
We investigate the effect of a corporate culture of sustainability on multiple facets of corporate behavior and performance outcomes. Using a matched sample of 180 companies, we find that corporations that voluntarily adopted environmental and social policies by 1993 – termed as High Sustainability companies – exhibit fundamentally different characteristics(More)
Finance theory suggests that information risk―that is, the uncertainty regarding valuation parameters for an underlying asset―is reflected in firms’ equity betas and the information asymmetry component of bid-ask spreads. We empirically examine these predictions for a sample of large U.S. banks, exploiting recent mandatory disclosures of financial(More)
Based on Whitley’s “National Business Systems” (NBS) institutional framework (Whitley 1997; 1999), we theorize about and empirically investigate the impact of nation-level institutions on firms’ corporate social performance (CSP). Using a sample of firms from 42 countries spanning seven years, we construct an annual composite CSP index for each firm based(More)
We examine whether accounting methods atypical within an industry affect analysts’ forecasts of future performance for a firm. Following a rich literature on accounting methods, our objective is to contribute evidence on the extent to which accounting method variability impacts information processing activities of financial statement users. We construct an(More)
A mishmash of sustainability tactics does not add up to a sustainable strategy. Too often, companies launch sustainability programs with the hope that they'll be financially rewarded for doing good, even when those programs aren't relevant to their strategy and operations. They fail to understand the trade-offs between financial performance and performance(More)