讲座：Does Sunlight Kill Germs? Stock Market Listing and Workplace Safety
题 目：Does Sunlight Kill Germs? Stock Market Listing and Workplace Safety
We find that, on average, workplace injuries in publicly-listed firms are lower than those in comparable private firms. This finding is robust to multiple tests designed to mitigate endogeneity concerns regarding a firm’s listing status. Further investigation suggests that the benefit of a public listing for workplace safety relates to heightened monitoring of listed firms by the media and regulators. The listing effect is more pronounced when media coverage is high. We further find that public firms located in counties facing reduced media scrutiny, due to local newspaper closures, experience greater increases in injury rates than local private counterparts after the closures. Regulators also impose more stringent monitoring on public firms, evidenced by a higher likelihood of nonroutine inspections and larger penalties on detected violations. Overall, our study highlights the positive impact of a stock market listing on workplace safety.
张人公博士现任香港城市大学商学院助理教授，研究领域主要为职业安全健康、管理会计和公司金融，曾在Journal of Operation Management等期刊发表多篇论文。