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OFDI and stock returns: Evidence from manufacturing firms listed on the Chinese A-shares market

Xiaosong Wang, Huan Wu, Wing Thye Woo and Shenxiang Xie

Journal of Asian Economics, 2021, vol. 74, issue C

Abstract: Using data for manufacturing firms listed on the Chinese A-shares market over the 2000−16 period, this paper studies the impact of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) on stock returns using the propensity score matching. It shows that when firms carry out OFDI for the first time, they have to deal with the risks of the overseas market; therefore, the OFDI firms show significantly higher returns. Furthermore, OFDI affects stock returns through the risk channel rather than the diversification channel; the risks OFDI firms are exposed to are mainly demand and political risks. OFDI firms face different risks than non-OFDI firms, thus investors can obtain diversification benefits by purchasing stocks of OFDI firms. In addition, investors can make diversified investments based on the seven dimensions of the nature of firms and OFDI to increase the opportunity to obtain stock returns. For firms, they can conduct on-site inspections before conducting OFDI, becoming familiar with the host country market, laws and regulations. Firms should try to choose politically and economically stable countries to invest in.

Keywords: OFDI; Stock returns; Diversification; Risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2021.101304

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