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Environmental Information Disclosure, Digital Transformation, and Total Factor Productivity: Evidence from Chinese Heavy Polluting Listed Companies

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China Center for Special Economic Zone Research, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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School of Economics and Management, Guangdong Technology College, Zhaoqing 526100, China
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Academic Editors: Weixin Yang, Yunpeng Yang and Lingyin Pan
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(15), 9657; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159657
Received: 13 July 2022 / Revised: 4 August 2022 / Accepted: 4 August 2022 / Published: 5 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Economy, Environmental Protection and Public Health)
Environmental information disclosure, as a new environmental regulatory model, is important for achieving collaborative environmental pollution management and sustainable socioeconomic development. Based on the data of listed firms in China’s A-share heavy pollution industry from 2009 to 2019, this paper empirically tested the impact of environmental information disclosure on the total factor productivity of enterprises and the contribution of digital transformation to this impact. An increase in the level of environmental information disclosure had a significant positive effect on the total factor productivity of enterprises. However, with the increase in digital transformation among enterprises, the effect of environmental information disclosure on total factor productivity improvement is gradually being replaced. The heterogeneity test results showed that the positive effect of environmental information disclosure on total factor productivity changed depending on property rights, firm size, and geographical location. The effect of environmental information disclosure was stronger for non-state firms, large firms, and firms located in the east-central region. Further mechanism tests showed that the effect was induced through innovation incentives and facilitated financing. The above results provide a valuable reference for a comprehensive understanding of the effect of environmental information disclosure on productivity and adjustment by the digital transformation of enterprises. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental information disclosure; digital transformation; innovation incentive; financing constraints; total factor productivity environmental information disclosure; digital transformation; innovation incentive; financing constraints; total factor productivity
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Liu, H.; Liu, W.; Chen, G. Environmental Information Disclosure, Digital Transformation, and Total Factor Productivity: Evidence from Chinese Heavy Polluting Listed Companies. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159657

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Liu H, Liu W, Chen G. Environmental Information Disclosure, Digital Transformation, and Total Factor Productivity: Evidence from Chinese Heavy Polluting Listed Companies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(15):9657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159657

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Liu, Hongnan, Weili Liu, and Guangchun Chen. 2022. "Environmental Information Disclosure, Digital Transformation, and Total Factor Productivity: Evidence from Chinese Heavy Polluting Listed Companies" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 15: 9657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159657

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