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The nexus between policy uncertainty, sustainability disclosure and firm performance

Abstract : Policy uncertainty (PU), and sustainability disclosure, influence the performance of the firms. We use European data to extend the nascent literature on sustainability disclosure, and economic policy uncertainty by investigating the moderating impact of sustainability disclosure on the relationship between economic policy uncertainty and firm performance. We find overwhelming evidence that policy uncertainty reduces firm performance; however, sustainability disclosure moderates this destructing impact of policy uncertainty on firm performance. Our results show that environmental and social disclosure by the European firms enhances their reputation and help these firms in reducing the policy-induced uncertainty. A higher governance disclosure representing efficient corporate governance also help European firms to moderate the negative effect of policy uncertainty on their performance. Our results are robust to alternate proxies of firm performance as well as endogeneity issues.
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Tanveer Ahsan, Muhammad Azeem Qureshi. The nexus between policy uncertainty, sustainability disclosure and firm performance. Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2021, 53 (4), pp.441-453. ⟨10.1080/00036846.2020.1808178⟩. ⟨hal-03163927⟩

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