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Sustainable Returns: The Effect of Regional Industrial Development Policy on Institutional Investors’ Behavior in China

Shu Ling Lin (), Jun Lu (), Jung-Bin Su () and Wei-Peng Chen ()
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Shu Ling Lin: Department of Information and Finance Management, College of Management, National Taipei University of Technology, No.1, Sec. 3, Chung-Hsiao East Rd., Taipei 10608, Taiwan
Jun Lu: Ph.D. Program in Management, College of Management, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan
Jung-Bin Su: Department of Finance, China University of Science and Technology, No.245, Academia Road, Sec. 3, Nangang Dist., Taipei 11581, Taiwan
Wei-Peng Chen: Department of Information and Finance Management, College of Management, National Taipei University of Technology, No.1, Sec. 3, Chung-Hsiao East Rd., Taipei 10608, Taiwan

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 8, 1-28

Abstract: Within the market economy system controlled by the Chinese government, this study mainly explores whether government policies can sufficiently guide the investment decisions of professional investors. Thus, we examine whether professional investment institutions can support the government’s policy for long-term investment to produce sustainable returns and create value for both the country and investment institutions. To perform this test, we use the annual data from firms held by institutional investors and listed in China A-shares to run a panel regression model. We then explore the following three issues: first, we examined whether firm-level characteristics or regional industrial development policy affect the investment behavior of the institutional investors. Second, we investigated whether four types of institutions have different favorite economic regions in China under the regional industrial development policy. Third, we analyzed which type of institutional investor supports the regional industrial development policy. The above four types of institutions are: independent, grey, domestic, and qualified foreign institutions. Empirical results show that both firm-level characteristics and regional industrial development policy can affect the investment behavior of the institutional owners. Of all the firm-level characteristics selected by institutions in China, return on equity (ROE) is the condition most commonly selected for all types of institutions, whereas the dividend yield (DY) is considered only by qualified foreign institutional investors (QFIIs). Notably, both independent and domestic institutions have the same firm selection criteria. As for the institutions’ favorite industries for investment, only grey institutions prefer the power industry and QFIIs prefer manufacturing industry. In addition, all four types of institutional investors have different industrial favorites in the four economic regions in China under the regional industrial development policy. For example, independent institutions prefer the information industry and grey institutions appear to be interested in every industry. Moreover, domestic institutions prefer the manufacturing and information industries, whereas QFIIs prefer the manufacturing industry. Regarding the regional participation of institutions, both domestic institutions and QFIIs seem to focus on every region. Moreover, independent institutions focus on the eastern and western regions, whereas grey institutions only focus on the western region. Finally, domestic institutions received the greatest level of support, followed by grey and independent institutions, whereas the QFIIs receive the least support. Put simply, domestic institutions are deeply engaged in industrial development all over China, whereas QFIIs are only slightly engaged in this development.

Keywords: institutional investors; stewardship; firm performance; regional industrial development policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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