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Re: st: Estimating the Likelihood of influencing one aspect of CSR over another


From   Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Estimating the Likelihood of influencing one aspect of CSR over another
Date   Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:19:21 -0400

Pavlos C. Symeou<p.symeou@gmail.com> :
How about -nlsur- for two Poisson models, with interactions as
appropriate?  I don't know about your theoretical model though--why
did DuPont drop petroleum and textiles in the last decade?  Is sector
fixed?  Why did Monsanto switch from chemicals to
biotech/patent-lawsuit between 1997 and 2002?  Yes, old companies plow
token money into PR-rich displays of social responsibility, but they
can also retool entirely.  What sector is Philip Morris or RJR (now, a
decade ago, two decades ago, etc.)?  Size is also endogenous. The
whole strength v. weakness thing is a bit fuzzy.

On Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 5:30 AM, Pavlos C. Symeou<p.symeou@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Statalisters,
>
> I am asking for some advice regarding a question I would like to examine
> econometrically. I have data for 500 companies over a period of 14 years and
> I am interested in focusing on a specific concept, Corporate Social
> Responsibility (CSR). CSR is measured with two variables: "strengths" and
> "weaknesses", both of which take values from 0-5. The higher the score of
> strengths the stronger the CSR is considered, the higher the score of
> weaknesses, the weaker the CSR is considered. I want to examine whether
> company characteristics, such as size, sector, age among others, have an
> effect on the likelihood that a company will choose to improve its strengths
> rather than minimise its weaknesses. The rationale behind this question is
> that some companies may find it substantially more difficult to minimise the
> negative externalities from their operations and rather invest in improving
> the positive ones.
>
> I am open to your suggestions.
>
> Thank you in advance,
>
> Regards,
>
> Pavlos
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