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Post-regulation effect on factors driving environmental disclosures among Chinese listed firms

Yekini, Kemi C.; Adelopo, Ismail; Wang, Yan; Song, Surong


Kemi C. Yekini

Ismail Adelopo

Yan Wang

Surong Song


This study re-examines the factors that affect the level of Environmental Information Disclosures (EID) following the issuance of the “Environmental Information Disclosure Guidelines for Chinese Listed Companies”. The study is underpinned by stakeholder and legitimacy theories. Level of EID was measured for 100 Chinese companies using a scoring system and content analysis of their annual reports. The study explored the effect of ownership structure, managerial shareholding, economic power and industry classification on the level of EID using panel regression. The study revealed that with clearly spelt out guidelines, Chinese companies are prepared to disclose environmental information regardless of their economic power. We find that the overall level of EID in China remains lower when compared with developed economies. The findings are robust across several econometric models that sufficiently address various endogeneity problems. This paper contributes to the existing literature by using new and updated data to re-examine the factors that affect the level of EID among Chinese listed companies. The study is important and timely as it covers the period of 2014 - 2016 which is after the Chinese government strengthened the enforcement of EID. It highlights the effects of new regulations and underscored areas that still require government attention to foster effective environmental protection.


Yekini, K. C., Adelopo, I., Wang, Y., & Song, S. (2019). Post-regulation effect on factors driving environmental disclosures among Chinese listed firms. Accounting Research Journal, 32(3), 477-495.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 10, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 27, 2019
Publication Date Sep 27, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 24, 2018
Journal Accounting Research Journal
Print ISSN 1030-9616
Electronic ISSN 1030-9616
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Pages 477-495
Keywords China, Environmental disclosure, Legitimacy theory, Stakeholder theory, Post-regulation
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