Effects of Financial Liberalisation and Political Connection on Listed Chinese Firms' Financing Constraints

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-499
Journal / PublicationWorld Economy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


This study examines the impact of recent financial liberalisation in China on the financing constraints of publicly listed Chinese firms with and without politically connected CEO/Chairman. Two continuous indices are used to measure the evolution and intensity of financial reforms: a financial liberalisation index and a capital control index. The results indicate that while firms without politically connected CEO/Chairman face significant financing constraints and politically connected firms do not, financial liberalisation has reduced the constraints for the former. Similarly, lower capital control in China's equity market lessens credit constraints for non-connected firms. No statistically significant impact of financial liberalisation is detected with regard to firms that have CEO/Chairman with powerful political background. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.