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Record number 548873
Title The value of being socially responsible : A primal-dual approach
Author(s) Puggioni, Daniela; Stefanou, Spiro E.
Source European Journal of Operational Research 276 (2019)3. - ISSN 0377-2217 - p. 1090 - 1103.
Department(s) WASS
Business Economics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Corporate social responsibility - Data envelopment analysis - Decision processes - Productivity and competitiveness - Shadow values

This study attempts to formalize and explain the process through which Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is created incorporating it into a production model as one of the outputs comprising the technology. Our framework allows for analyzing technical efficiency and deriving a system of internal shadow prices to quantify the overall value as well as the marginal impact of implementing socially responsible activities. The empirical application focuses on the food and beverage manufacturing sector where we encounter high levels of technical efficiency among the firms included in the analysis. Our findings also document a positive average shadow price of CSR activities, implying that the net value of implementing these activities is positive as their benefit exceeds the cost. Regarding the value at the margin, we show that increasing the socially responsible commitment positively contributes to the creation of firm value. Conversely, reducing the CSR engagement has a negative marginal impact, indicating that firms perceive lower levels of CSR as very costly and damaging.

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