News Media as a Channel of Environmental Information Disclosure: Evidence from an EGARCH Approach

Abstract

This paper incorporates EGARCH modeling in a financial event study relating firm value to negative environmental news. News media provide informal information channels unlike formal government disclosure programs. This paper improves on previous studies by using a larger sample than most studies, treating heteroskedasticity in the disturbance term with a hybrid method that allows EGARCH, and comparing stock market reactions across industries and event types. Both standard and hybrid methods reveal reductions in firms’ stock market valuations by on average 1.2% in response to negative environmental events. Significant negative market reactions to environmental news arise for all industry groups and event types analyzed. Accidents and complaints yield 2.0% mean reductions in stock market value, versus later lawsuits and court decisions with 1.5% and 0.8% reductions respectively. Firms in traditional polluting industries are most affected. These stock market impacts suggest that informal environmental information channels may financially incentivize firms’ self-regulation. JEL codes: Q50; G14

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@inproceedings{Zhang2009NewsMA, title={News Media as a Channel of Environmental Information Disclosure: Evidence from an EGARCH Approach}, author={Ran Zhang and Kenneth L. Simons and David I. Stern}, year={2009} }