PhD defence: Vanya Rusinova

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Vanya Rusinova has submitted her thesis entitled: The Determinants of Firms’ Engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from Natural Experiments

Monday, January 11, 2021 - 15:00 to 17:00

As the interest in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its role in investment allocations grows, it is critically important for investors to understand the determinants of CSR in order to understand the value of CSR, especially if CSR becomes a new investment factor. In my Ph.D. thesis, I study CSR determinants through the use of natural experiments, such as changes to legislation, designed pilot studies, and the occurrence of extreme weather and climate events. The use of natural experiments allows me to test for and establish a direction of causality which is pivotal for investors seeking to include CSR as a component of their portfolios.

Primary Supervisor:
Professor MSO Steffen Brenner
Department of International Economics, Government and Business
Copenhagen Business School

Secondary Supervisor:
Associate Professor Bersant Hobdari
Department of International Economics, Government and Business
Copenhagen Business School

Assessment Committee:
Associate Professor Aleksandra Gregorič (Chair)
Department of Strategy and Innovation
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Ruth Aguilera
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Northeastern University

Associate Professor Olenka Kacperczyk
Strategy & Entrepreneurship
London Business School

The thesis will be available from

It will be possible to attend the defence via an online connection at the following link:

 *Please note in connection with the online defence that the microphone and camera of all spectators must be turned off!

Organised by CBS PhD School
Date 11 januar 2021
Time 15:00 - 17:00
Location Online (See link above)


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