Controlling shareholder pledging and corporate ESG behavior

Wei Huang, Yan Luo, Xiaohuan Wang, Lifu Xiao

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26 Citations (Scopus)


Utilizing a large sample of Chinese listed firms, we document strong and robust evidence that both firms’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance and their ESG disclosure quality deteriorate significantly after controlling shareholders’ pledging of their shares for personal loans. The results are especially evident among firms with higher valuation uncertainty, such as small firms and high-tech firms. Lastly, we show that external monitoring by institutional investors helps to mitigate such adverse impacts of controlling shareholder pledging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101655
JournalResearch in International Business and Finance
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Chinese A-share stock markets
  • Controlling shareholder pledging
  • ESG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance


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