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Lin, Hsiang-Chun Michael and Bo, Hong (2012) 'State Ownership and Financial Constraints on Investment of Chinese Listed Firms: New Evidence.' European Journal of Finance, 18 (6). pp. 497-513.

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We examine how state-ownership affects financial constraints on investment of Chinese-listed firms during 1999–2008. We find that although an average sample firm experiences some degree of financial constraints,state-ownership does not necessarily help in reducing the firm’s financial constraints on investment. Further evidence shows that state-ownership does not lead to more borrowing from the Chinese banking sector, implying that state-ownership does not necessarily reduce the firm’s financial constraints via the state controlled banking sector. We consider not only the standard factors in the investment equation, but also the firm’s equity financing behaviour explicitly. The result is robust to both the conventional proxy for financial constraints, i.e. the investment–cash-flow sensitivity, and a recently developed proxy for financial constraints, i.e. the KZ index. Our results suggest that China’s corporatisation movement is effective in that soft budget constraints once enjoyed by former state-owned enterprises have been removed along with the progress of corporatisation. These firms, although still state-involved, can be seen as modern corporations operating in a market environment.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 1351847X
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Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2014 15:38

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