Academics, regulators, and the general business community have called for the assessment of the decision-usefulness of three key categories of nonfinancial information: economic, governance, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). This study builds on prior research by examining the nonfinancial information preferences of professional investors, how their demand for the nonfinancial information categories compares to those of nonprofessional investors, and whether these demands vary across subgroups of professional investors. Based on survey responses from 228 professional investors, the results show that this investor class prefers nonfinancial information that is concise, comprehensive, comparable, and credible. Similar to prior research, the results indicate that professional and nonprofessional investors have similar demand orderings: they are most interested in economic information, then governance information, and then CSR information. However, professional investors demand greater detail than do nonprofessional investors for subcategories of economic and governance information. Further, while both professional and nonprofessional investors' demand is increasing for all subcategories of governance and CSR information, the change in demand is more pronounced for nonprofessional relative to professional investors, and particularly for CSR information subcategories. These variations in preferences suggest potential differences in perspectives between professional and nonprofessional investors. Finally, the findings indicate that institutional investors have recently used less economic information. For the subgroups whose investment research consists of at least a quarter of socially responsible investments (SRI), the higher the SRI investor level, the higher the recent usage of more information categories; and the higher the SRI investor level, the higher the future demand for economic information, but the lower the SRI investor level, and the higher the demand for CSR information. These findings suggest potential differences in investment approaches among subgroups of professional investors. Together, these results provide support for more integrated reporting of nonfinancial information to meet professional investors' multidimensional preferences and differences in demand relative to those of nonprofessional investors.

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