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Oil shocks, competition, and corporate investment: Evidence from China

Xian Chen, Yang Li, Jihong Xiao and Fenghua Wen

Energy Economics, 2020, vol. 89, issue C

Abstract: This paper aims to investigate the impact of three classical oil shocks on the Chinese corporate investment by using firm-level data. Moreover, we assess the role of product market competition in the relationship between oil shocks and corporate investment. Our empirical results show that oil aggregate demand and specific demand shocks negatively affect corporate investment, while oil supply shocks show a positive effect. Notably, compared to the non-energy-related industry, the corporate investment of energy-related industry is more sensitive to these oil shocks. Furthermore, we find high competitive pressure can mitigate the impact of oil specific demand shocks on the corporate investment of energy-related industry, but competition presents a limited effect on the relationship between other oil shocks and corporate investment.

Keywords: Oil prices; Oil shocks; Corporate investment; Product market competition; China's firms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G31 Q40 Q41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2020.104819

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